On exchange programs. The cities have held the

On December 15th, Hanam City and Little Rock
celebrated the 25th anniversary of their sisterhood relationship in
international sister city park. More than 1000 participants attended the ceremony,
including a delegation from Little Rock and members of Congress. Last February,
The cities
signed an agreement to exchange symbolic sculptures. The theme of
sculpture that was installed is ‘Youth’ to express a symbol for the bond between both cities and connect citizens with
public art.

Hanam has
been a sister city of Little Rock since May 1992. They came together as the American Taekwondo Association was founded in Little Rock by Grand Master
H.U.Lee, who was interested in starting a partnership between the two cities . Since the sister city relationship was set, Hanam City has the second oldest sister city relationship with Little Rock. There have been many exchanges especially, youth
exchange programs. The cities
have held the youth exchange program for 186 students eight times in total. Little Rock has sent a
number of high school delegations to Hanam City to learn about Hanam City’s culture and way of life, and has also received
a number of delegations from Hanam as well. These students are important to maintain the cultural, educational and economic ties
between two cities. Additionally, the Korean War Veterans Memorial in MacArthur
Park recieved financial and cultural support from Hanam City. 

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South Korea has
become one of Arkansas’ strongest partners. South Korea is Arkansas’ third largest export destination in Asia. In
2015, Arkansas had 1,466
jobs
related to trade with Korea, while the value of exports of soap to Korea more
than doubled to $1.2 million. Electric motor and generator exports to Korea also
increased by 600 percent to $13.9 million. As of 2015, 80 Korean students attended
the University of Arkansas and there were 1,950 Koreans and Korean Americans
living in Arkansas.

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