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Mongolian version of Park's autobiography republished

All News 13:55 July 17, 2016

By Song Sang-ho

ULAANBAATAR, July 17 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's autobiography has hit book stands in Mongolia again with renewed public interest, local media reported over the weekend, as she began her first official visit to Ulaanbaatar on Sunday.

The Mongolian version of her autobiography, titled "Steeled by Despair, Motivated by Hope," was republished by the Mongolian Association of Graduates in Korea (MAGIKO), a group of Mongolians who once studied in South Korea, on Tuesday last week.

Her autobiography is now on display in major book stores in the Mongolian capital.

It was first published in Mongolia in March 2013 to mark Park's swearing-in as South Korea's first female president. All 2,000 copies of the autobiography were sold out at the time, which put the book on the country's best-seller list.

Udriin sonin, a mass-circulation newspaper in Mongolia, reported that it was "no exaggeration" to say that there was no woman in South Korea who was more exalted than Park in terms of political stature. It also said Park's success is due to her "strong, decisive" character.

The Korean version of Park's autobiography was published in 2007.

It depicts her life as the eldest daughter of a former president who was assassinated in 1979, and a female politician in the male-dominated political arena. It also touches on her role as an acting first lady in the 1970s following her mother's shooting death in 1974.


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