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Posted : 2013-04-07 18:25
Updated : 2013-04-07 18:25

Insooni to open multicultural school

by Park Jin-hai

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Celebrities of today are not indifferent to ordeals of ordinary people. They engage actively. Sean and Jung Hye-young, for instance, make a model of a great star couple by donating chunks of their profits to needy children, and Cha In-pyo and Shin Ae-ra, another star couple, are no less than the former when it comes to charity activities.

Now we have to add another one to the list of celerity givers – Insooni.

The veteran singer of 35 years will open an alternative school for multicultural students.

"I've shed lots of tears because of others' negative views of me," said the 56-year-old singer, reflecting on her childhood as one with mixed ethnicity. Insooni was born to a Korean mother and an American father who was stationed briefly in Korea.

But, determined not to let any child shed tears like she did, she founded the "Insooni and Good People" corporation and set up an organizing committee to build an alternative school in April 2011.

"I heard the high school graduate rate for multiracial children stood only at 28% percent. Just like them, I also had a difficult time figuring out my identity, and couldn't finish high school."

"So I'd like to meet with those of different skin colors and help melt away their bitterness with the warmth of a mother or aunt. I'd like to share my own stories of growing up, such as how to deal with difficulties and how people recognize me for who I am because I've done well. I hope to be a role model for them and help them lead their lives without making the same mistakes that I made."

Her vision for a new school where multicultural children could nurture their dream is about to be realized.

"Hae Mil School," meaning clear sky after the rain, will open in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province Thursday. It awaits its first batch of 24 students to be enrolled as seventh graders.

It is a boarding school and offers mid-to-high school curriculums. It comprises of two school buildings and a garden.

Neighbors as well as the singer have high hopes about the school, since children born from multicultural families are increasing in the region.

The number of those childeren in Gangwon area alone surpassed the 5,300 mark this year.


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