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Government awards promotion of Korean culture to outside world

Yun I-sang commemorator, Ryu Hyun-jin translator, French writer among commended

Dec. 19, 2017 - 15:25 By Yoon Min-sik
Korean government on Tuesday awarded nine individuals for their contribution on promoting Korean culture to other countries.

The state-run Korean Culture and Information Service announced this year’s winners for the annual award which included Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer for his commemorative work on Korean composer Yun I-sang (Isang Yun) in Germany.

Yun, considered one of the most influential composers in modern Korea was born in Korean under Japanese colonization and made his later career in West Germany. 

Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer (right) visits Yun I-sang‘s grave with first lady Kim Jung-sook (center) in this July file photo. (Yonhap)

Sparrer has worked to commemorate his work through various activities including foundation of Internationale Isang Yun Gesellschaft e.V. (International Isang Yun Society) in 1996.

Among other awardees were Martin Kim, the former translator for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was widely known among Koreans as the Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin since 2013. Kim has also been a patron of Korean popular culture in the US.

French writer Herve Pejaudier, was commended for co-translating 14 Korean literary works into French.

Other winners were: Freddy Jacques Andre Bozzo from Belgium, who introduced Korean movies to Europe; Li Xincao of China, former music director of the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra; Raden Franki Suryadarma Notosudirdjo of Indonesia, who contributed to musical exchange between Korea and Indonesia; Shimizu Moeko of Japan, contributing to Korean culture through social media; Kim Hye-seon of Korea, a contributor for UK/Korea 2017-18; and architect Ahn Tae-jun, whose work in Europe was commended as boosting the image of the Korean government. 

By Yoon Min-sik