Kim Seung-su, vice mayor for administrative affairs of Daegu Metropolitan City, is planning to meet with children of multicultural families on August 24.
With 10 years having passed since multicultural families first began settling down in South Korea, Daegu Metropolitan City is planning to hold a meeting on August 24 with children of multicultural families who have been putting down roots and growing as promising members of their communities to listen to their stories and reflect them in municipal policies. Kim Seung-su, vice mayor of administrative affairs, will preside over the meeting.
m The number of children of multicultural families living in Korea is rising steadily. As of January 2016, there were 6,423 such children in Daegu, up 89.5 percent from 3,389 children in 2010, leading to growing interest in them and an increase in support to help them grow as healthy members of our society.
m Vice Mayor Kim will have lunch with 12 children and listen to stories about their experiences at home and school.
m Participants will include elementary and middle school students in their mid-teens and their mothers, who come from Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.
m One of the students who will be participating in the meeting, and who speaks English as well as a native speaker, said, “I wish to become a world famous CEO when I grow up.” Another student, who was selected as a gifted student by the Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education, said, “I will work hard toward becoming a criminal psychologist.” Both these students demonstrated great determination to make major contributions as members of Korean society.
m Vice Mayor Kim said, “Our country has long been a nation with only one ethnic group, and thus we are very different from European countries, which are home to many multicultural families. For this reason, the children of multicultural families in Korea have faced many difficulties and challenges. Through meetings such as this one, we hope to hear more of their meaningful stories about their families, school life, and dreams, and reflect what we hear in our multicultural polices, thereby helping the second generation of multicultural families grow up to be valuable members of our society.”