December 4, 2010, wow, what a busy day! I was in South Korea, but not determined to stay here. In the morning, I joined an English language discussion group with some South Korean working professionals. Had lunch with some friends. After that, I taught a swing dance class to beginners. During a short break, I checked my flip phone to find a message from a friend who graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education checking to see if I was joining the Harvard Alumni Dinner. She had mentioned it to me a few weeks before.
I was dressed for a swing dance class, not the Harvard Alumni Dinner. Instead of going home, I toughed it out... and turned out to be the most popular non-speaker at the dinner.
During the raffle, Yoonsun and I both won... although when I checked the contents, I wasn't sure that I had really won. I tried leaving the stuff on the subway a few times, but people kept catching up to me and forcing me to take it with me.
Hong Jong-wook, a member of the National Assembly and also a publisher of the Korea Herald at some point. He was dressed for the occasion!
Jin Park! He is now the Foreign Minister of South Korea. I may have met him for the first time that night...
Rhee In-Soo, one of the adopted sons of South Korea's first president.
She was the head of the Hankuk Cyber University. She invited me to speak there more than once, including for the University's 10th anniversary.