Posted : 2013-08-28 19:20
Updated : 2013-08-28 19:20

Multicultural Center meets to 'network'

The Multicultural Family Support Center will hold the "2013 Multicultural Family Support Networking Conference" at Cheonan National Youth Center of Korea, south of Seoul, from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4.

Multicultural family supporters and officials will be invited to talk and share their thoughts on supportive policies for multicultural families, which currently numbers about 260,000.

According to the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family, the event will be jointly hosted by the South Chungcheong Province and the city of Cheonan. A total of 600 people are expected to take part in the conference.

Since 2007, the Korean Institute for Healthy Family has been organizing this yearly conference in order to support the social integration of multicultural families.

This year's main agenda will be on building a "bridge" to the future and understanding different cultures.

The first day of the conference will be composed of various speakers' events and debates. It will include a talk by In Yohan, chief of Yonsei Severance Hospital, and panel discussions on policies for multicultural families.

On the second day, the conference will be filled with more entertaining events including a multicultural family quiz competition. Small concerts and performances will also be held. The a-cappella group VOITURE and the chief of the Human Resource Development Service of Korea, Kim Rok-hwan will take part in the events.

The event will end with an awards ceremony including rewarding presidential and prime minister citations to participants who have contributed in supporting the social integration of multicultural families.

"This annual networking event has been contributing a lot to the awareness of multicultural families in Korea. We hope to develop Korea's insights towards multicultural families through this event," said the Minister of Gender Equality & Family Cho Yoon-sun.

In the previous conference held in 2012, the agenda was on "harmonious integration with multicultural backgrounds." Last year's event shed light on "interaction," and "communication," with multicultural families.

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