May 31, 2011 07:37
"My hope is to create a sound environment for children of multicultural families who are used to two different languages and cultures so they can grow up as respectable members of Korean society," says Sayyora Djuraeva.
The 27-year-old from Uzbekistan, who works at Nowon District Office in northeastern Seoul, was delighted that her one-year contract as a civil servant in charge of providing counseling to multicultural families has been renewed for another two years. She started working there in June last year.
While still a university student, Djuraeva met her Korean husband, who was visiting Uzbekistan. They married in February 2007, and she moved to Seoul a month later. "I was intrigued by Korean TV dramas, but I never thought I'd be the wife of Korean and a civil servant in Korea."
"When I first came here, I was quite surprised by the high-rise buildings, spicy food, and brisk manners many Koreans have, but now I think that remarkable speed is probably why the country developed so rapidly," she recalls.
Djuraeva's duties at the office include providing counseling to multicultural families, giving job information to migrant wives, and publicizing support activities organized by the district office. "Many migrant wives are hesitant to talk to Koreans because they often don't understand what Koreans say or are afraid of being made fun of," she says. "There are many free services available to them, but often they are not well publicized, so I feel especially happy when I can give them useful information such as how to get a driving license or find a job."
Djuraeva tries to introduce a little Uzbek culture to Koreans whenever she has the chance. She also dreams of going to university again here to become an interpreter. "I hope I can improve my Korean skills so that I can get Korean citizenship soon," she says.
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