Im Su-hwan, 17, the highest prize winner of the 4th Korea Multicultural Youth Awards organized by The Korea Instances says changing into an elementary faculty instructor can be a step towards serving to younger kids from multicultural backgrounds like him.
By Lee Kyung-min
Changing into an elementary faculty instructor can be a step towards serving to younger kids from multicultural backgrounds like him, says Im Su-hwan, 17, the highest prize winner of the 4th Korea Multicultural Youth Awards organized by The Korea Instances.
The Eleventh-grader at Deogam Excessive Faculty in Gimje, North Jeolla Province, was born to a Korean father and a Japanese mom. Having a foreign-born mom typically made his faculty life tough in Korea, a racially homogenous nation the place residents are nonetheless not acquainted with folks of various ethnic backgrounds.
“After I was in elementary faculty, I used to be bullied lots,” Im stated.
“Different kids stated to me with a degrading tone, ‘Hey, I heard your mother is Japanese!’ My mother is certainly Japanese, however I couldn’t perceive why that needed to be any cause that I used to be bullied.”
Im stated he would educate kids that bullying is unhealthy, particularly when it’s about who their mother and father are.
“I like my mother. She means the world to me. It was so painful once I was being attacked due to the one that I like probably the most.”
He believes that the position of a instructor is essential, as a result of younger kids are likely to observe what their instructors inform them.
“I feel it is very important be taught from an early age that distinction doesn’t justify discrimination. That’s what I wish to educate.”
His pals describe Im as a hard-working scholar with a good-natured character.
“Su-hwan is absolutely keen about instructing,” stated Im’s finest pal Choi In-gi. “After we ask him one thing whereas finding out, he research it himself, after which helps us. Typically I need him to cease, however I can inform that he’s actually into making issues clear, and he’s additionally very type. He is an effective pal.”
Im can also be an avid reader, however he’s additionally totally conscious that some issues can’t be discovered solely from books. He says volunteer work additional conjures up him _ he has accomplished 232 hours of volunteer work since final yr.
“I learn books for senior residents at a welfare heart in Gimje in January,” he stated. “An aged girl there instructed me that she couldn’t go to highschool regardless that she actually needed to. That was once I discovered that I mustn’t take something without any consideration, and will be glad about what I’ve.”
Academics say such a modest and optimistic angle is particularly commendable contemplating his household’s poor monetary standing. His father has been in poor health, unable to work, and his mom works irregular jobs. Im additionally has two youthful brothers. He has been receiving scholarships.
“There are sometimes anticipated behaviors from kids in comparable conditions to Im _ both turning violent and directing their anger at others, or refusing to face their scenario,” stated Choi Jae-wook, Im’s instructor. “However Im is courageous to face agency, undeterred by hardships.”
“I do know my household doesn’t have some huge cash, however I’m not ashamed,” stated Im. “I’ve a mother who loves me greater than anybody on the planet. I’ll give hope and inspiration to folks like me, the financially much less lucky however emotionally wealthy.”