Tuesday started off with a short stop at a fundraiser for the Slovenian Cultural Gardens at St. Mary’s on Holmes Avenue in Cleveland. We enjoyed a tasty and traditional dinner of dark and light sausage, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Mr. Philip J. Hrvatin of the Slovenian Garden was very happy that we took an interest in the event. The money raised will go for maintenance of the garden, although eventually they hope to have more statues there.
We could only stay at this event a short time as we had to hurry over to the Shaker Heights Country Club for the first of two programs that the Cleveland Council of World Affairs was conducting on Korea. Both programs focused on issues surrounding Korea’s economy and business climate in an increasingly globalized world, with the second event dealing more specifically with Korea’s business ties to the United States and also Ohio.
Regarding immigration, it was pointed out that Korean students are the third largest foreign student group in the United States and 2,000 of them are here studying in Ohio. It should also be noted that Congressional supporters of closer ties between the two countries are promoting the “Partner with Korea Act” (HR 1812) that would create 15,000 professional visas for Korea and a comparable bill in the Senate (S.744) would create 5,000 visas each year. It is believed that both Korea and the United States would benefit from these visas, facilitating more trade, services and investment.
Both of these events featured former Congressman Donald Manzullo, who is now the President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America; Gheewhan Kim who is the Minister of Economic Affairs for the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C.; and Zachary A. Rosner, Ph.D., a scientist and Republic of Korea Desk Officer at the US State Department in Washington, D.C.