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(Profile) Poet-lawmaker nominated culture minister

2017/05/30 10:34

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SEOUL, May 30 (Yonhap) -- Do Jong-hwan, who was nominated to be culture minister Tuesday, is a two-term lawmaker and poet best known for his 1986 book "You, My Hollyhock."

   The 62-year-old Do entered the National Assembly in 2012 on the proportional representation ticket of the Democratic Party. In 2016, he won a second term as a lawmaker representing the central city of Cheongju, Do's hometown, and became administrative secretary of the parliamentary committee on education, culture, sports and tourism to which he has been a member since 2012.

He served as chairman of the culture-arts policy committee of then Democratic Party presidential candidate Moon Jae-in's election camp and his chief special adviser on cultural, arts and educational affairs.

A native of Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, Do graduated from Chungbuk National University in 1977 and received a doctor's degree in Korean literature from Chungnam National University in 2006.

The former school teacher and part-time poet gained fame for "You, My Hollylock," a book of autobiographical love poems portraying his longing for his wife who died just two years after their marriage, and insights into life and death. It became one of the best-selling books of poems in the late 1980s.

This file photo shows the Culture Minister nominee Do Jong-hwan. (Yonhap) This file photo shows the Culture Minister nominee Do Jong-hwan. (Yonhap)