Koreans dropped their guard

2013-12-07 00:00

I THOUGHT Christmas would be the day this month that I really missed home, but it wasn’t; it was Friday. I woke up to a text message breaking the news.

But, at 9 am the fifth grade English teacher, a 60-something Korean man who has never come close to showing me any physical affection, walked into my classroom, wrapped his arm around me and said, “I have respected Nelson Mandela for a very long time, he was a great man and I’m so sorry for your country”.

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