Korean city seeks sister city ties with Saipan

The chief of staff to the mayor of Changwon City in South Korea visited Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang last Friday in hopes of creating a sister-relationship through an exchange program under the Saipan Mayor’s Office.

In his visit to the Saipan Mayor’s Office, Changwon City Hall chief of staff Juong Hyon Kang expressed an interest in establishing a relationship between Changwon City and Saipan through an exchange student program. This would open the gates for Saipan students to visit Changwon City and for students from Changwon City to visit Saipan.

Apatang said this would be a good way for CNMI students to learn more about the Korean culture and tradition and vice versa.

Kang is optimistic that Changwon City will be able to send 40 students to Saipan by 2019 to start off the program. These 40 students will stay on Saipan and attend public school for about four weeks.

Apatang assured Kang that he would speak with the Public School System to allow for the exchange students to attend classes for the duration of their stay.

Accompanying Kang in his visit to the mayor’s office were Jung Min-sun from the Office of Education and Legal Affairs of the Education Support Team of Changwon City, Bochyul Kim, and Suhyun Jo of Sasamo USA Corp.

Sasamo USA Corp. in the CNMI has helped arrange numerous Korean exchange student programs with the Saipan Mayor’s Office.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.

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