I was moved by the comments of the Korean Ambassador, as he spoke passionately about the profound effect of the Korean War. He talked about how people from all around the world came to a country they hardly knew existed, and for their efforts, the people of Korea remain grateful.
I was the opening of an exhibition, inspired by the book “Passage to Puusan’ by Louise Evans, which told the story of “A struggling Brisbane mother (who) travels to Korea to visit the grave of her son who was killed in the Korean War”. As a result, a family friendship between Korea and Australia has now developed over three generations. It sounds like a wonderful story, and I really must read the book.
Co-incidentally, I first met Louise several years ago at the ABC. But it was through another friend, Sooyong Kim, the exhibition’s curator, that I was invited to last night’s opening.
It’s a moving story, and a moving exhibition, and well worth a look, at the Korean Cultural Centre at 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney for the next month.