Between the Korean and Korean Peoples

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                   One thing I have learned is that government to government contact does not always make
for understanding. Governments will fight and bicker and might come to some agreement or not on a range
of issues. However, in my view, people to people contact is far, far more important. The contact between
Americans and Koreans is a great and important one and has been an important one for decades. In 
America, there are many Korean immigrants communities and also many communities of Americans of
Korean descent who have made the United States their homes. I have seen this from coast to coast, and
cannot imagine an America without Koreans or Korean Americans. My wife, who is Korean, has had
many friends travel back and forth between the United States and South Korea, and some of them have
bought homes and established themselves in America. The social, political, and commercial connections
between the United States and South Korea are vast, and have been an important part of both countries for
close to a century. Koreans have created small businesses all over America. When my wife and I go into
town, we know of two Korean families who have created their own businesses, and where Korean
families live near the Mississippi River. What we hope is that regardless of who wins the May 9th
presidential election that people to people contact between the United States and the Republic of
Korea will remain as close and intimate as before.