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  • A Visit to Beijing, China
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 462]

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    I’m home safe and sound after a day trip to Beijing, China.

    “Pork belly,
    Scoundrel!
    The culprit
    Of belly fat.”

    -Fine Dust, a poem by Won Soon

    That is my attempt at parodying the popular poems in “Seoul City, Seoul Poems” by the poet Ha Sang-Wook. Fine dust has now become such a part of our daily lives that we no longer think of it as a serious problem, but that doesn’t make it any less of a concern.

    “When Blocked by a Mountain, Make a Tunnel; When Blocked by a River, Build a Bridge”

    As this Chinese proverb says, there is always a solution to our problem—we just need to find it.

    Although many people are concerned about the air quality there, I visited China because I didn’t want to turn a blind eye to the sufferings of our citizens. While I was there, I signed a cooperation agreement with Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun, visited a pollutant observatory, and attended a forum on air quality with experts from both countries. I also had the privilege of being interviewed by “Renmin Mang” and Xinhwa News.

    I’m sure you have heard of the old Korean saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. We have now taken our first step down the long road toward cleaner air. Just like a hard journey is made easier with the help of a friend, I believe that together, Seoul and Beijing will be able to solve this air pollution problem.

    I hope you all have a clean, clear night and pleasant dreams!