More Asean youth chasing dreams in South Korea

Top: Indonesian Maggie Yang. Above: Vietnam's Pham Thi My Hanh (left) with singer Nguyen Dong Trieu. PHOTOS: CHANG MAY CHOON, MAGGIE YANG, PHAM THI MY HANH
Indonesian Maggie Yang. PHOTO: MAGGIE YANG
Left: Vietnam's Pham Thi My Hanh with singer Nguyen Dong Trieu. Right: Classical violinist Lily Sirin Opasanon. PHOTOS: CHANG MAY CHOON, PHAM THI MY HANH
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Struck by how South Koreans train and excel at international competitions, classical violinist Lily Sirin Opasanon moved from Thailand to Seoul four years ago to hone her skills under the tutelage of a Korean professor.

"About half of the finalists in competitions which I joined would be Koreans and I was surprised by how good they are at piano, violin, dance and all kinds of performing arts," the 23-year-old told The Sunday Times (ST).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 24, 2019, with the headline More Asean youth chasing dreams in South Korea. Subscribe