I thought some of you readers might be interested in knowing that two of our long-time resident foreigners in Korea – Brother Anthony and Frederic Dustin celebrated/are celebrating their birthdays this week. Both of these men have done a great deal for Korea -not only Korea Studies but also for their everyday acts of kindness.
Brother Anthony just had a piece come out in Korea Times a couple of days ago that I enjoyed reading. I think it is a shame that so much of Korea’s past is being lost in the present. Brother Anthony is also the president of the Royal Asiatic Society – Korea Branch (RAS-KB).
Fred Dustin has been – for the most part – in Korea since 1952 and lives on Korea’s self-proclaimed Hawaii of the Far East. (I still remember the first time I went to the island with the military so many decades ago during the winter. I was there for training and had been told it was a tropic paradise – I arrived to snow). Mr. Dustin runs the Kimnyoung Maze Park (English tab at the top but the Korean site gives the best images of the park), cares for a large number of cats and does a lot of good work for the community that (his) modesty prevents me from going on about.
If you get a chance – come and see one of the RAS-KB’s lectures or go on one of their tours. And speaking of tours – why don’t you visit the Kimnyoung Maze Park – the oldest maze park in Korea. When you go to one of these events why don’t you say hi to the gentlemen and wish them a happy birthday. Also tell them you read about them on The Hole.