July 18, 2014 08:26
Cho Hyun-min, the youngest daughter of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho, has published an adventure book for children.
It is the story of schoolgirl Jini who dreams of becoming a flight attendant and goes on a backpacking trip with her friend who aspires to be a pilot. They visit Okinawa in Japan and experience the food, clothing and tea culture.
Cho, who is also the airline's PR chief, launched the book at its headquarters in Seoul on Wednesday afternoon.
"I hope the book will help children understand the cultures of other countries."
She became interested in writing children's books after she had a chance to translate one called "Tori Tree," which was published in February last year.
"When I went to Okinawa early this year, I instantly felt this was it. I wrote the story and made inquiries with publishers but was turned down twice. I was really disappointed but in the end, it was a good learning experience."
A total of 5,000 copies were printed for the first run. "I asked my friends who have young children to read through the story before it went to press, and it was surprisingly well received. That really encouraged me to carry on," said Cho.
She plans more books in the series, and the next stop will be Williamsburg, Virginia in the U.S.
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