Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee, became the first candidate to garner more than half of all votes since democratic elections began in 1987. She is the first woman to be president of Korea, and she will extend the conservative rule for five years.
Born in Daegu on February 2, 1952, Park Geun-hye is sixty years old now. When she was 9 years old, her father launched a military coup and she moved to Chong Wa Dae as “the first daughter”. When she was 22 years old, her mother, Lu Yingxiu, was assassinated. She hurried to end her studies in France, to take on partial responsibility as “first lady”. When she recalled the experience of playing “first lady” for 5 years, she admitted she understood political power and learned how to handle the affairs of state. At the age of 27, her father Park Chung-hee was killed, and she was forced to stay away from politics, disappearing from the scene for 20 years.
In 1997, Park joined the Grand National Party. In April of 1998, she won the election and became a congressperson in the district where her father Park Chung-hee was born — North Gyeongsang province and Daegu. During the time of her election, her slogan was “do something for the completion of my father‘s unfinished career “. In both March and July of 2004, she was twice elected as the representative of the Grand National Party and Hu Jintao met her at the Great Hall of the people.
On December of 2012, Park Geun-hye returned to Chong Wa Dae to complete the will of her father. She is proficient in Chinese, and likes Chinese philosophy. She once wrote in an article, “When I was in the most difficult period, what made me retrieve calm was the book written by the famous Chinese scholar, Feng Youlan. Its name was “The history of Chinese philosophy”.
Her life had so many terrible troubles but she persevered and did not give up, and eventually achieved the significant title of the president of South Korea. The hopelessness she felt gave her the strength to build herself up in order to overcome it, and she showed her people that a woman can do things a man can do.