80 Years in Com­mon Home

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

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!”

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