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Well, at least somebody supports Park Geun-hye in Jeollanam-do

In an interview with Chosun TV, In Yo-han a.k.a. John Linton talks about why he is backing Park Geun-hye.

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  • Q

    Wow, how well versed he is in Korean language! I’m really impressed. I like his balanced view on PJH and KDJ. And kudos for his great work for South and North Korea.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    So the guy was born in Korea, raised in Korea, and it took him until 2012, when he was 53, to be awarded citizenship despite doing a lot of great work here for such a long time? Nice job, Korea, you’re really on the ball.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    And what about people who do not happen to be the directors of Severance Hospital International Health Care Center, who do not have pure blood, or even one Korean parent, but have been born and have lived here for a long time..do they stand any chance of becoming citizens?

  • Q

    I think ROK allows dual citizenship only in exceptional cases. Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted updated law (executed since Jan. 1, 2011):

    만 20세 전에 복수국적자가 된 사람은 만 22세 전에, 만 20세 이후에 복수국적자가 된 사람은 그 때부터 2년 내에 하나의 국적을 선택하여야 하며, 그 중 대한민국 국적을 선택하려는 사람의 경우 ‘외국국적 포기’ 대신 ‘외국 국적을 행사하지 아니하겠다는 서약’을 하면 우리국적을 선택할 수 있어 복수 국적 유지가 가능함 (국적선택신고)

    It seems children born from parents of different nationalities could maintain dual citizenship as long as he pledges before age 20 that he would not claim his foreign citizenship in Korean territory. However, the law regulates that so called anchor babies are not allowed to have dual citizenship.

  • Q

    I think that might mean your boys have to serve in Korean military to maintain dual citizenship, because he pledged that he wants Korean laws to be applied to him while in Korea.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    He is 53, a bit too old to serve. My guess is, within 10 years they move away from conscription anyway.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    When I heard him speak a number of years ago recounted a story of his university club going to piss on a statue of her father, I believe. Or maybe it was some kind of monument connected to her father.

  • Q

    I am sorry I’d like to correct that, to acquire dual citizenship he has to pledge before age 22 (Western age, not Korean age) that he would not claim his foreign citizenship in Korean territory.

  • Arghaeri

    So the guy was born in Korea, raised in Korea, and it took him until 2012, when he was 53, to be awarded citizenship despite doing a lot of great work here for such a long time? Nice job, Korea, you’re really on the ball.

    You do know that it was not possible to have dual citizenship as an adult until 2012.

    Ah, silly me, obviously not :-)

  • Arghaeri

    Dual citizenship has been allowed for adults since beginning 2012.

    Those naturalising have to pledge not to hide behind the law of their other country.

    Hence, I will not be becoming a korean national just yet, despite eligibility, as tbere are certain advantages to being a foreigner I don’t want to pledge to give up just yet.

  • Arghaeri

    He is 53, a bit too old to serve. My guess is, within 10 years they move away from conscription anyway.

    non-bloods don’t serve anyway, even if young enough.