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French cultural adviser to Korean presidents slams Paris KCC

Guy Sorman
Guy Sorman. photo: Yonhap via Korea Times

Guy Sorman, French economist and philosopher, has advised President Lee Myung-bak on cultural promotion, and has met with two previous Korean presidents. In a recent press conference reported by the Korea Times he expresses some interesting thoughts on the success of K-pop abroad: “It’s thanks to the work of artists, not the government”. And he is especially disdainful of the work of the KCC in Paris:

I’ve never been to the Korean Cultural Center in Paris. I don’t know what they are doing. They’re just bureaucrats that are paid by public money.

I’m sure if he came to London he’d think differently.

One thought on “French cultural adviser to Korean presidents slams Paris KCC

  1. Ah quel 바보! What kind of criticism goes, ‘I’ve never been there and I don’t know what they do’? Going there and finding out what they do seems to be a good idea. Actually I’ve been there a few times and it’s a great space, smaller than London but with a much bigger library (that you can borrow from) and a good study area. If I have one criticism about London and Paris KCCs it’s that staff are not always particularly welcoming. The government spends a lot of money on these facilities but often get staff who don’t seem to enjoy meeting the public. In London it doesn’t help having the reception desk half a kilometre from the door – you’re lucky if staff look up from the computer as you come in.

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