U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated a Korean-American career diplomat as ambassador to Malaysia, the White House said Wednesday.
Joseph Yun (58) has been acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs since Kurt Campbell left the post last month. If confirmed by the Senate, Yun will succeed Paul Jones, who leaves Kuala Lumpur in September, and become the second Korean-American U.S. ambassador after Sung Kim, the envoy to Seoul.
Yun began his career in 1985 and served at embassies in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand. He served in Asian countries that played a pivotal role in the normalization of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Burma.
He served two tours at the embassy in Korea. During those years, Yun formed ties with government officials and political and media figures and met President Park Geun-hye several times when she was a lawmaker.
Yun settled in the U.S. in 1963 with his father, an employee with the World Health Organization. He graduated from the University of Wales and London School of Economics and Political Science and worked as an economist for a U.S.-based think tank.