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Cultural exchange
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The Keimyung University Taekwondo Demonstration team exhibits their skills and artistry during Tuesday's program at Georgia Southern University's Russell Union. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Georgia Southern University welcomed a delegation of Korean students from Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea, to campus as part of the collaborative exchange program the two schools have enjoyed since 2001.
    The visit included a variety of performances and demonstrations by musicians, dancers and martial artists, including the Keimyung String Quartet, an ensemble of senior students from Keimyung’s College of Music and Performing Arts, and the Korean Traditional Dance Team, comprised of both students and alumni of the university.
    In addition, there was a performance by the university’s Taekwondo Demonstration Team, led by Grandmaster Lee Kyu-hyung, who, as head of the national Taekwondo team, directed Taekwondo demonstrations at the opening ceremony of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Since the team's founding, 58 of its members have been selected as members of Korea's national Taekwondo team.
    The performance teams were joined by senior administrators from Keimyung University's Office of International Affairs.
    Georgia Southern's Center for International Studies welcomed two 2012–2013 Keimyung exchange students to Statesboro this month, and Carson Downs, an international studies major at GSU, will be spending the fall 2012 semester on exchange at Keimyung University.

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