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Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk Publishes Book in Korea

Updated: 2013-01-21 00:00:00 (KST)
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Jeannie Suk is the first Asian American woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School which happened in 2010, when she was 37.Her story of growing up in the U.S. as a daughter of a Korean immigrant, and of achieving stellar academic success, has become widely known in Korea, where educational zeal is always strong.She has frequently been interviewed by the Korean media since she was given the tenure at the prestigious school,.. and she decided to write a book for a Korean audience about her life story.To commemorate the book's release, Professor Suk visited Korea,.. and had a busy schedule, including a book reading at a university.Over a thousand students and parents interested gathered in the lecture hall.In her teens,.. she studied ballet at the School of American Ballet, and also studied piano at Julliard School.After graduating from Yale, she earned her Ph.D in comparative literature from Oxford at the age of 26.She said her studies in the arts tremendously affected her.
{Jeannie Suk, Professor
Harvard Law School} "The legacy of my training in ballet and music is the understanding of how much it takes, how much effort, commitment, dedication and time it takes to do something well, and the idea is not just that you do, you make an effort and you study hard, rather you follow something inside that tells I'm so excited to do this."
Often misunderstood as being a perfectionist,.. she said one of the reasons she wrote the book was to tell her story of inner struggles and frustrations.

{Jeannie Suk , Professor}
Harvard Law School} "When one becomes an adult, one lets go of aspirations to being perfect. Because I think that's one of the things that young people feel pressured is to be perfect and.. I wanted to tell my story as a way of showing that perfection should not be the goal."To those young people who want to get advice from her, she says one should be true to oneself.

{Jeannie Suk, Professor}
"Listen to yourself, and your own interests and fascinations. Try to think about not copying someone else, but think about what it is inside you that makes you excited and follow that."

{Park Ji-won , jiwonpark@arirang.co.kr}
The English version of her book, "A Light Inside," will come out early next month.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.


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