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Migrant women provide cultural insight

Lectures aimed at improving Korean students' understanding of foreign cultures

Marriage migrant women completed the Instructor training course (courtesy of Daegu Institute for Multiculture Studies) Marriage migrant women completed the Instructor training course (courtesy of Daegu Institute for Multiculture Studies)
  • John Won, Seoul
  • Korea
  • March 4, 2011
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Starting this month, 13 migrant women will deliver lectures on the "Life and Dreams of Migrant People" at the Catholic University of Daegu, in an attempt to tackle suspicion and prejudice against foreign cultures in Korea.

Keiko from Japan will deliver the first lecture on March 9.

The lectures are designed to give Korean university students a better understanding of foreign cultures, as well as their own through the experiences of migrant women.

“These lectures will be an opportunity to compare and reflect on each life and national culture,” Father Timothy Kim Myoung-hyoun, director of the Institute for Multicultural Studies, said today.

According to the university, the women completed a 50-hour training course to help them to teach students and deliver their lectures in December.

They were given instruction by professors from the multicultural institute in Korean society and university culture; Korean language education; team teaching techniques; how to develop an effective teaching plan; and lecture delivery skills.

The lecturers hail from a variety of Asian countries such as Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kyrgyzstan the Philippines and Vietnam, and all have been in Korea for 5-20 years.

Some of the migrants were English teachers, nurses or musicians in their own countries.

They shouldn’t have a problem giving their lectures because they can speak Korean well, the university said.

“I hope the lecture will help remove any suspicions and prejudices against migrants,” said Ng Shur Yan from Hong Kong.

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