Kim Byungjoon tells vivid Xuzhou Story to Koreans
2018-11-09 17:34:00

Kim Byungjoon, a South Korean teacher at Xuzhou University of Technology, won the May Day Workers Award of Xuzhou City in 2017, an honor commending role models from different sectors. In October with great autumn colors, Kim took an interview with Xinhua Daily beside the picturesque Yunlong Lake.

A big fan of Han Dynasty culture

Kim said he has been obsessed with Chinese culture since childhood. A big fan of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, he read the historical novel for 36 times, starting with the simple version as a 4th grader.

Kim first came to China in 2008 as a student representative in a program of the South Korea’s Ministry of Education. In this short journey, he made up his mind to stay in China in the future. The dream came true in 2010, when he left Seoul with three big baggage and moved to Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province. Transportation was not convenient then so he sometimes had no seat on a crowded train. He couldn’t speak Chinese but overcame the language barrier later. From these challenges, he also gained a better understanding of China and directly witnessed the rapid changes.

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