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President Park Geun-hye was elected in February 2013 as South Korea’s 11th president and is the first woman Head of State of South Korea.
President Park is ranked “the most powerful woman in East Asia” and the 11th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2013.  There are currently twenty-two (22) women Heads of State world-wide and 5 Queens or Vice Regal women in power.
The current women Heads of State serve in virtually all corners of the world from Europe to the Caribbean.  More than 50% of the elected women Heads of State are from South Asia, East Asia, Africa and South America. 
Note:  The United States of America which stands for democracy and equality has never had a woman president.

April 25, 2014
On Board with President Obama in South Korea

President Obama energetically disembarks Air Force One upon his 
arrival at the Onsan Airbase on in 
Pyeongtaek, South Korea_April 25, 2014

President Obama and President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House
 Seoul, South Korea_April 25, 2014
President Park Geun-hye and the South Korean military welcome 
President Obama at the Blue House
Seoul, South Korea_April 25, 2014

​ Nine ancient royal seals of South Korea
President Obama returns nine ancient royal seals to President 
Park Geun-hye at the Blue House
Seoul, South Korea_April 25, 2014 

President Obama’s trip to South Korea included a return delivery of nine ancient royal seals taken by a U.S. soldier during the Korean War six decades ago.

“I wanted to just let the Korean people know that they’re back where they belong,” Obama said during an event Friday in Seoul. “And this is a symbol, hopefully, of the respect that we have for Korean culture and our friendship. They’re very beautiful.”

Obama said that, during the war, a Marine found the seals and took them to the United States as mementos. “I don’t think he fully appreciated the historic significance of them,” Obama said.

“After his passing, his widow discovered how important they were, and she graciously recognized that they appropriately belonged here in Korea,” Obama said. “So she facilitated the return.”

South Korea President Park Geun-hye thanked Obama for the return.

“It’s very significant that we were able to return home these very historic and precious artifacts,” she said. “This event is really the fruits of the close consultations and collaboration that our two countries have been undertaking since late last year.”

South Korean tenor, Rudy Park 
South Korean tenor Rudy Park has received critical acclaim for his performance asCalaf in Turandot this week at The Detroit Opera House


A post about Turandot with Mr. Park is below on the NCM Blog and dircetly below the famous aria from Tosca.

Rudy Park as Mario Cavaradossi, the painter in Tosca
E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars were shining”) 
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