United Methodist Minister Daniel Cho responds to the tragic Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco. Speaking as a Korean American, Rev. Cho expresses the shared hurt that some Koreans and Korean Americans are experiencing in the wake of this tragedy. “There’s a communal sense of — the word is called Han, a sense of pain that we can’t do anything about,” says the Rev. Cho. “We do feel that pain.”
Andrew Sung Park discusses the concept of Han in his article “Healing the Wound of Asian American Christian Families in the Context of Confucianism and Christianity.” Dr. Park’s article reflects on the nature of suffering shared by members of Korean culture. He describes Han as, “a wound caused by personal or structural dimensions of society, culture, and tradition.”
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