To Young Students Under the Sea

An article written by a professor at Seoul University for the students who drowned in the ferry accident. Wow, very emotional.


During this terrible, tragic week in Korea, I have found myself at an uncharacteristic loss for words. There’s so much I want to express, but right now the thoughts and words are lodged deep in the chambers of my heart, unable to find logical expression.

So I give you this.

From the Korea Herald, words by Kim Seong-kon, a professor of English at Seoul National University and president of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Dear young students under the sea, please forgive us for not being able to rescue you from the ill-fated ferry Sewol. As you have found out by now, we adults are so incredibly incompetent and irresponsible that you cannot count on us in times of emergency. When the disaster happened, we were hopelessly sloppy in the rescue mission, press releases and broadcasting. And we were flustered by the wrong information about the passengers.

To your…

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