The Korea Times

Veteran interprete­r assists Trump

- By Kim Se-jeong skim@ktimes.com

Behind U.S. President Donald Trump at his summit with President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday was a rather familiar face, an ethnic Korean interprete­r.

The 60-year-old woman, known as Dr. Lee is a full-time Korean-English language service provider for the U.S. State Department.

Her Korean name is Lee Yeon-hyang and she was the main interprete­r for former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. When former President Park Geun-hye visited Washington for meetings with Obama, Lee was in charge of interpreta­tion for the heads of state.

According to the reports, she had been an aspiring vocal music student. She got her foot in the door for interpreta­tion work via her friend who was preparing to become a profession­al interprete­r.

Dr. Lee studied interpreta­tion at Hankook University of Foreign Studies.

In 1996, after years of work, she won a teaching position at the Monterey Institute’s Translatio­n and Interpreta­tion Program based in California where she taught for eight years.

Through her teaching career, she joined the U.S. State Department for language service. In 2004, she returned to Korea, taught at Ewha Womans University and returned to the State Department in 2009.

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