I left Korea a few days ago with a positive feeling that Philippine-born Jasmine Lee will become the first foreign-born Congresswoman comes second week of April, after South Korea’s election. She is South Korea’s Ruling Party’s number 15 candidate representing Multiculturalism and Single Parent sectors.
But just today, Jasmine Lee’s education is a hot subject in South Korean’s internet environ. To better explain it, here’s Betchay’s (of Buhay sa Korea) post:
Currently, Jasmine Lee is trending as the hottest topic on Korea’s cyberspace. The bad thing is, people are talking about an alleged “education forgery” scandal. They said that in one TV show on KBS2, she (or the caption) claimed that she went to medical school.
It could’ve been the difference in our educational system that was the problem. In the Philippines, one has to attend pre-Medical school first before the Medical proper for a total of eight (8) years education. It is quite different here in Korea. As far as I know, they didn’t have a pre-Med here until a few years ago. They also didn’t have pre-Law courses here until a few years ago.
The press could’ve misunderstood Jasmine when she said that she was in pre-Med. They could’ve translated it to mean Medical school. There is no intention of defrauding the public when JASMINE LEE 이자스민 HONESTLY listed on her profile that she went to Ateneo De Davao and studied BS Biology (considered a pre-Med course) for three school years.
The caption on the photo when she guested on the KBS2 show could also have been a mistake, not by her own doing. I didn’t watch the show so I couldn’t really comment. However, this reminded me of Lee Da Hae who was hated by a lot of Filipinos when she spoke English with an “Asian” accent. Too bad for her that the caption showed the Philippine flag and the name of the country in Korean. Remember that?
Since Jasmine attended Ateneo de Davao, here is a fact about their pre-Med course:
Q: What is the pre-med course in Ateneo? A: The BS Biology program is the course generally taken by Ateneo students in preparation for medical school. On the whole, 100% of the graduates of BS Bio have been admitted to Davao Medical School and top medical schools of the country.
I hope her party will release a statement soon to clear this up.