Bucheon City was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017, the first in Asia and the 21st in the world. During her lifetime, Pearl S. Buck made important contributions to Bucheon City, which today hosts an annual festival in her honor.
The Pearl S. Buck Memorial Hall now stands on the former site of her orphanage for war orphans and mixed-race orphans. The day included a visit to Pearl S. Buck’s grave followed by a tour of the Pearl S. Buck House, led by docents Sandra Weikel and Cindy Louden.
Bucks County Commissioner Robert G. Loughery, and Julie Henning, who was raised by Pearl S. Buck, joined the group. The group moved on to the Cultural Center where Janet L. Mintzer, the President and CEO of Pearl S. Buck International, and the Vice Mayor of Bucheon City, You-myun Song, signed the memorandum of understanding and exchanged gifts.
Timothy Kwon, Executive Director of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea, served as a translator for the day. Following a catered lunch the Korean delegation moved on to Doylestown, where they received a personal tour of the Mercer Museum by its director, Kyle McCoy, and a personal tour of the Michener Museum by its director, Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio.
PHOTO CAP: The Korean delegation led by You-myun Song: Timothy Kwon, Executive Director of Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea, South Korea; Janet L. Mintzer, President & CEO of Pearl S. Buck International; Bucks County Commissioner, Robert G. Loughery; and Julie Henning, who was raised by Pearl S. Buck at the Pearl S. Buck House.