Last year, along with a long-time Korean friend and fellow student, I attended a Hanyang University alumni breakfast where Gyeonggi-Do Governor Kim Moon-Soo spoke about future provincial development plans. After the meeting, I went up with my friend to meet the Governor and we exchanged a bit of small talk and business cards. We also greeted his private secretary and chatted for a moment, during which time my friend made the suggestion that they give me a role of some sort in promoting Kyeonggi-Do Province, which the secretary politely agreed would be a great idea and that he’d get back to us on it… which of course, he never did.
Fast forward to today….
My friend has established a small non-profit organization in Ansan which is working to provide various social services, and they’ve just set up office in a spare office building on the “campus” of a small hospital in town and are planning to work together on some projects with the hospital. He invited me over to see the new digs, and unbeknownst to me, scheduled for me to arrive at, well, right in the middle of a meeting he was having with a director of the hospital. As we were talking, he just happened to mention the situation in the first paragraph above and, lo and behold, the director exclaimed, “Oh! The older sister of my close friend is the wife of Governor Kim Moon-Soo!”… To which my friend replied, “Um… Do you think you could check with the Governor about having Steven be a spokesman for the province? After all, his secretary had already agreed to the idea but didn’t follow-up with us.”… The Director got on the phone straight-away, called the Governor’s wife and set up a meeting on Saturday morning for the three of us with the Governor and his wife at the Governor’s residence...
The Korean word for describing the feeling in a situation like this is “황당하다” (though you’d never know it from the dictionary definition).
I’ll post an update over the weekend about how the meeting goes! J