When Yuji Mizoguchi first visited the home of his spouse in Korea, he was very impressed by the size of a kettle in the kitchen. He was told that the family used to cook rice in it before they had electricity and this reminded him of the word gsikkuh which means those who eat rice which was cooked in the same kettle. This theme of unity became the inspiration for Yujifs speech titled gOne Kettle, One Familyh which brought him first place in the advanced level of this yearfs Korean Speech Contest. Yuzaburo gSamh Nagasaka was the winner at the elementary level. PHOTO: Contest winner Yuji Mizoguchi
Thanks to some determined fund-raising by UTS Chaplain, Reverend Taek Yong Oh, the prizes at this yearfs contest totaled a whopping $2900, transforming Yujifs kettle into a pot at the rainbowfs end. Support for the event came from Rev. Peter Kim and Rev. Bong Gul Choi of KEA; Rev. Jeong Phyo Hong of the New Jersey Church; Rev. Jae Suk Kim of the Boston Church; Dr. Chang Shik Yang of Washington D.C. region; Rev. In Hoi Lee of Los Angeles (who was also one of the judges) and Seil Travel America. They all contributed amounts ranging from $200-$700 and Seil Travel donated 4 dinner cruise tickets.