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DC Students Embark on a Virtual Tour to Korea through the Embassy Adoption Program

(Washington, DC – February 8, 2013): Students at Takoma Education Campus in Washington D.C. got their second helping of Korean culture – after their first literal helping, of the iconic Korean dish bibimbap, on Korean food day in December – when they were treated to a presentation and traditional craft workshop on Feb. 7.

As part of the Embassy Adoption Program organized by DC Public Schools, the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC will continue getting to know its 19 fifth grade students at Takoma through a series of cultural workshops throughout the spring. For their first in-class visit, a presentation given by KCC staff, students learned the basics of Korea: location, population, history, national symbols, famous culture, and strong ties of friendship with the United States. The second half of the 75-minute session was an exercise in dexterity, as students crafted their own traditional paper dolls using hanji, Korean mulberry paper known for its durability and creative applications. 

“This was a wonderful experience for the kids,” said Monique Mathews, the students’ teacher at Takoma. “It’s a real pleasure because they wouldn’t otherwise have this unique opportunity to learn about Korea and have fun at the same time.” 

Students finished the visit with a sweet treat to go: chalddeok, a favorite Korean cookie with soft chewy rice on the inside. 

The KCCDC is planning to meet its adopted students at least 4 more times this spring, with tentative plans for a workshops on Taekwondo (Korea’s native self defense martial art), Hangul (the written Korean language), and pop culture dance, which has become a world phenomenon in recent years with hits like PSY’s Gangnam Style. 

This is the second year of Korea’s participation in the program, and certainly not its last. The chance to build a meaningful relationship with American youth is one that embassies cherish.