April 22, 2010 07:30
When Park Yeon-chun passed the national police exam to work for the foreign affairs division at the Busan Metropolitan Police, the 40-year old became the first Korean Chinese to pass the exam in the southern port city. Park's relationship with police started in 2005 when she helped out during the APEC Summit in Busan. Since then, she helped the foreign affairs division with translation.
In this year's recruitment process, she was the oldest person to successfully pass the exam, which was so competitive that only one out of 116 applicants made it. "I studied hard for the exam so that I could be an inspiration for other Korean-Chinese people living in Korea," she says.
Park is a third-generation ethnic Korean. Her grandfather, who came from Gyeongju, moved to Jilin, China in the 1930s, and she returned to the land of her ancestors when she married a Korean furniture maker in 1995. Park worked as a Chinese translator for the Busan Metropolitan Government and the Metropolitan Council.
She will be able to work in the field after six months of training. "I want to be the best foreign affairs investigator, and also a policewoman with heart who can help out Korean-Chinese women," she says.
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