80 Years in Common Home
In the 1930s - an uneasy time driven by a harsh political system - tens of thousands of Koreans from the Far East found themselves on the Uzbek soil. The people of Uzbekistan received them with their bigheartedness and sincere generosity – these are the words from the address by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Koreans living in Uzbekistan.
The head of our state expressed gratitude to the representatives of the Korean Diaspora for the selfless and conscientious work for the benefit of our common home – the native Uzbekistan. These talented and hardworking people showed themselves in all spheres. They have been and continue to be involved in the development of Uzbekistan.
The history will not allow forgetting the names of the organizers of agricultural production Hwang Man Gyama and Kim Pen Hwa, the Hero of Uzbekistan, the director of the Mehribonlik house in Khiva Vera Pak, the Minister of Pre-School Education and Senator Agrippina Shin, Senator Valery Tian, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea Vitaly Fen and many others.
Today, more than 200 thousand Koreans are an integral part of the multiethnic people of our country. One of them was interviewed by the correspondent of Uzbekistan Today. It is the representative of one of the most respected and honorable professions - doctor Vissarion Pak.
His story began with the words: “I am grateful to Uzbekistan for giving me life, education, family, friends...
In that distant 1937, my parents moved to Uzbekistan from the Primorsky Territory. It was a difficult time, but Uzbeks took them with an open mind, like their brothers, and life continued.
Seven years later I was born in Tashkent region, I got secondary education in school No. 27. Then I was admitted to the Samarkand Medical Institute, after which my wife and I were also doctors, by distribution, they were sent to the virgin town of Yangiyer.
There I worked until 1985: served in the medical unit, then was appointed chief physician of the sanatorium of the Yangiyer plant of building materials and structures. Then there was Tashkent - working at the Department of Neurology and Oriental Medicine of the Tashkent Institute for Advanced Training of Doctors. And at no time in Samarkand, or in Yangiyer, or in Tashkent did I feel alien or disadvantaged. I am happy that I was born and raised in such a fertile land!”