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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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July 18, 2008 11:31 AM

Citizens Must Accept Cultural Norms

Requesting citizenship, to me, implies readiness to accept the cultural, political and secular values of the country whose legal membership the applicant seeks. It involves seeking all the privileges defined under the law for citizens of France, as well as the obligation to respect its laws and conventions. France not only has five million Muslims, many of whom worship in French mosques, but also Buddhists from Asia who run their own temples in many parts of France. Some Buddhist priests I saw in France and the U.S. had their scalps shaved clean and wore long robes covering their entire body. Few people, however, found them so alien, oddly out of place or trying to cry out for attention.

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