Quynh Hoa

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2,739 kmfrom home
“I feel lucky to have a job. Maybe this way I can pay back what I received from all the kind people in Korea who have helped me.”
Quynh Hoa
Current Country: 
Republic of Korea
Country of Origin: 
Viet Nam

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”I didn’t know a small advertisement would change my life forever,” said Pham Thi Quynh Hoa, 34, a marriage migrant who moved from Hanoi, Vietnam to Seoul, Republic of Korea. Quynh Hoa works as a manager at the Multiculturalism Division of Seoul City Hall, “I feel lucky to have a job that I can perform better than the locals”. A wife and mother of two, Quynh Hoa moved to Seoul from Hanoi ten years ago to be with her Korean husband. Quynh Hoa started her Masters’ degree at Seoul National University with a Korean government scholarship the year she moved to Seoul. Luckily, the university allowed the couple to live in one of the family residences at the university. “It was a huge financial relief for us, because private housing in Seoul is extremely expensive.” After living in student accommodations for eight years, the family moved to an apartment near the university in 2012. This is when Quynh Hoa experienced discrimination after her landlord found out that his tenants were a so-called multicultural family, “I can put up with occasional discrimination, because there are many Koreans who have been nice to me”. Quynh Hoa thinks her background as a migrant has been useful in performing her current job, “I feel lucky to have a job. Maybe this way I can pay back what I received from all the kind people in Korea who have helped me.” At work, Quynh Hoa organises a classroom-based educational program to boost understanding of multiculturalism among youth in Seoul. The programme has 35 instructors from 29 countries with different migrant backgrounds, such as, migrants by marriage and foreign students, who regularly visit schools in Seoul, providing classes on multiculturalism, “I am glad to see the efforts of the Seoul city. They come up with policies and practices in favour of migrants and multicultural families every year”. Even though Quynh Hoa is satisfied with life in Seoul, her heart is still in Hanoi. After her children grow up, she is planning to settle in Hanoi with her husband. “With the degree and work experience I acquired in Korea, I can have a very good job in Vietnam. I am most interested in teaching Korean Studies at one of the universities in Hanoi”. She beams while saying this, looking hopeful and resolved. This profile is from the World Migration Report 2015

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