November 28, 2012
Evening of Friendship
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea and the 75th anniversary of the ethnic Koreans living in the country, a gala evening \"Uzbekistan Our Common Home” has been held in Tashkent.

The organizers of the event, attended by members of the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, representatives of the Government and civil society organizations, were the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Uzbekistan Interethnic Cultural Center, the Association of Korean Cultural Centers of Uzbekistan.

Taking part in the ceremony, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan Jong Dae Wang said that \"since independence a partnership between our two countries have been developing, and of course, the warm friendly relations in the framework of public diplomacy. Noteworthy is the fact that Uzbekistan pays a great attention to preserve and promote the history and culture, customs and traditions of the Korean people. The current gala evening, in addition to further strengthening the bonds of friendship between our people, will contribute to the gradual development of cultural relations between the two countries.\"

At the celebration First Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Fatih Jalolov, Director of the Republican International Cultural Center Nasriddin Muhammedov and the National Chairman of the Association of Korean Cultural Centers Victor Pak took flour. In their speeches it was noted that in Uzbekistan during the creation of a democratic state, formation of a strong civil society, under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, a lot of attention had been paid to strengthening the country\'s prevailing atmosphere of interethnic and interreligious harmony, unity, generosity and respect. It was destined that Koreans 75 years ago came to Uzbekistan. And the people of Uzbekistan took an active part in the life of immigrants. Even if someone would ask the older generation of Koreans, everyone would remember with what generosity the Uzbek land received them in those years.

Today there are more than 130 ethnicities live and work in Uzbekistan. In the years of independent development in the country, all the necessary conditions for the preservation of their national identity and identity have been provided, to meet their cultural and spiritual values.

Their contribution to the country\'s ongoing economic reforms and social changes in various sectors of the economy receives high recognition.

In this regard, Viktor Park said: \"This year marks the twenty years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea. During this period, the two countries are very close partners in politics, economy, culture and other fields. This fact played a very positive role in the fate of Koreans living on the Uzbek soil. We had an opportunity to maintain and develop our culture and traditions, but also to visit land of their ancestors, to receive an education there and work. President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has repeatedly stressed that the Koreans are an integral part of the Uzbek people and very successful part of it.

The names of business leaders Hwang Man Gyma, Kim Peng Hwa, Paul Haritonovich Kahn, Ten Hayguna, scientist Andrei Insunovich Pak, an artist Nikolai Shin, Director of Faith Orphanage Park, and other Koreans were written in gold in the history of Uzbekistan, their achievements are all the heritage of the Republic”.

The event also stated that in the modern Uzbekistan all opportunities for the representatives of all nations to develop and preserve for future generations of their national traditions and values has been created. It was after the independence of Uzbekistan, the Koreans, as well as representatives of other ethnicities and peoples living on the Uzbek soil had had ample opportunity to revive, preserve and develop their native languages, national cultures, customs and traditions. Suffice it to say that in 1990, in Uzbekistan the Korean language was taught in 7 schools, and now more than a hundred schools teach Korean. There are centers of Korean language and computer training in the Berdakh Karakalpak State University, offices for study of the Korean language and literature in the five universities of Uzbekistan. Representatives of national cultural centers are actively involved in public holidays - Navruz, the Independence Day and the Day of the Constitution and all other major events held in the country. The National Ethnic Cultural Center, including the Association of Korean Cultural Centers of Uzbekistan has successfully promoted peace and harmony between all the ethnicities living in the country, the preservation and development of Korean national traditions and values.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea also carried out concerts in Bekabad, Jizzakh, Ferghana, Tashkent, Urgench. Exhibitions of Korean artists and evenings of friendship are held in the Tashkent and other regions of the country. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)


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