For months, we have anticipated the arrival of guests from Korea, and they’re finally here! Eight students and their professor, Dr. Seohee Son, from Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea, are visiting FD this week.
Many of you may remember Seohee. She worked with Family Development as a graduate student in Family Social Science where she was mentored by Dr. Jean Bauer. Seohee’s previous visit with Jean is an example of a legacy on many levels. Jean’s legacy was grounded in leading by example. She emphasized the importance of understanding community needs and ensuring that, as a faculty member with an Extension appointment, she heard those needs and set the wheels in motion to meet them. She listened for educational needs while in the community, garnered funds to conduct on-site research to meet those needs, mentored graduate students to conduct the research in — and with — the community, and then created research-informed educational programs.
Likewise, Seohee is living out her legacy with Jean by training her students to understand our Extension model of work. This week’s visit to FD, which is funded by a generous gift from a Korean donor, is part of that training. On this visit, the group will hear how Extension is conducting research to meet community needs, see Extension staff and educators in action in the community, and get a flavor of Minnesota life. A special thank you to Mary Jo Katras, Extension Educator, Family Resiliency, for being our Minnesota contact for this visit and helping with all the arrangements. Also thank you to the Department of Family Social Science for hosting our visitors one day while they are here.
May we have an interesting week of cultural exchange, all thanks to the Jean Bauer legacy.
P.S. A fascinating tidbit about South Korea:
The South Korean diet is healthy and well designed to keep people at a healthy weight. The diet includes lots of vegetables, herbs, rice, and spices, with small amounts of meat or fish. There is a new trend, however: If you live in South Korea, you may never have to leave home to eat. Most restaurants (including McDonald’s) will deliver straight to your apartment via motorcycle drivers, who have a dangerous reputation on the road! When you are done eating, you can just put your dirty dishes outside your door and the delivery person will pick them up! It will be interesting to see the impact of such services on the health of the country.