Brisbane Mayor Apologizes for Attacks on Koreans

      December 17, 2012 14:09

      The Lord Mayor of the Brisbane has written to Daejeon Mayor Yum Hong-chul to apologize for several recent assaults on Korean students in Australia. Brisbane's schools and universities are particularly active in trying to attract Asian students.

      Graham Quirk expressed his regrets over the attacks, and pledged to do his best to help Korean students live safely in the city. Brisbane and Daejeon are sister cities, and Daejeon City released the letter on Sunday.

      Quirk said he understands how parents feel when they send their children abroad for education. He pointed out that 34 high-school students from Daejeon recently returned to Korea after completing an internship program there, and vowed to make the city safer and more comfortable for those who follow them.

      There are some 4,500 Korean students in Brisbane, which was twinned with Daejeon 10 years ago. This year has seen unprovoked violence directed at Koreans across Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane itself.

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