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DATE: 2011-10-10 VIEW: 133
CATEGORY: Support for Foreign Migrant Workers

About 5,000 people including migrant workers and Koreans enjoyed colorful events prepared by Asian countries.

There was no need to tell which country you are from to enjoy the blue Korean autumn sky. Foreigners married to Korean spouses and migrant workers were gathered together in Uijeongbu, feeling as if they were in their hometown and enjoying talking with people from their home countries.

‘HaHa Asian Festival 2011’, a migrant workers’ festival, was held in Uijeongby on October 9, co-organized by the Korea Labor Foundation, the Uijeongbu City and Healthy Mind 21.

The festival was organized to provide an opportunity for migrant workers and Koreans to understand each other through various cultural events representing each Asian country.

In this year’s festival, which is the 5th in its kind, about 5,000 people enjoyed various Asian cultures such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Cambodia through events such as traditional performance, cuisine contest, song contest, and fashion show. In addition, a charity bazaar to help severely ill migrant workers was held and Healthy Mind 21 ran a western and oriental medical clinic, providing an opportunity to cure sick mind and body of foreigners through free medical services.

A Vietnamese lady who participated in the festival commented that “I am happy that I met friends and had food of my country. I also enjoyed the performance. I hope more events like this festival will be held in the future.”

General Secretary MOON Hyung Nam of Korea Labor Foundation, the organizer of this event, said, “The number of foreigners residing in Korea is now exceeding one million, taking up a portion of our society. For social integration and harmonious development of society, it is high time that we had active support for multicultural families and migrant workers.”

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