East Meets West; Korean Students Visit Freed-Hardeman

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Ten students from Korea Christian University in Seoul, Korea, visited Freed-Hardeman University over a span of three weeks. The students attended classes related to their majors, spent time in the dorms and took a day trip to Memphis.

For Hayoung Kim, a junior English and social work major, and Joonkyu Kim, or J.K. as he called himself in America, a junior theology major, this was their first visit to the United States. While at FHU, J.K. attended Bible classes, and Kim (her American name) attended social work classes. FHU classes involve more student participation than their classes in Korea, they said.

J.K, noted that he liked eating in Gano, especially the hamburgers and fries. Kim appreciated experiencing the Christian atmosphere on campus. Both said they had found the students on campus to be very kind. The two felt they had formed good friendships while on campus and plan to maintain contact with their new American friends.

“This visit of Korean students to our campus provided a chance for them to learn a little about the culture of the American South and for our students to learn more about South Korea. The students from Korea Christian University enjoyed their visit very
much. They loved the way our students treated them and commented on how
nice our students were. This was a leadership opportunity for these visitors and they will be leaders at KCU,” Wayne Scott, FHU vice president of student services, said.

To continue the cross-cultural learning, a visit by FHU students to Korean Christian University is a possibility for the future, Scott said.

KCU, founded in 1958, consists of five divisions: theology, management information, social welfare, foreign language and humanities and music. "The university’s philosophy is to seek truth, freedom, peace, and love based on the Christian spirit and religious tradition of the Churches of Christ," according to the school’s website.