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Shim Jae Hoon

South Korea

Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. He was a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta. Close.

Shim Jae Hoon

South Korea

Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. more »

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January 9, 2007 1:21 AM

Claim Your Own Agenda

Seoul, South Korea

Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon,

Like so many South Koreans of my generation who grew up thanking the United Nations first for saving our country from North Korean invasion in 1950 and then for giving us economically assistance so we could stand on our own feet, I am thrilled by the chance for you to serve the world organization. We Koreans were so grateful for the UN's peacekeeping role that we probably were the only non-UN member nation to celebrate its birth by taking a day off on October 24 as our national holiday. Now with your election to the top post of the UN, I believe a chance has come to repay our collective debt. So let me offer a few thoughts as you start on your new mission at a time of multiple crises:

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