Mme. Ban Soon-taek and the Nakashima Foundation for Peace
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City • 2015
The day began over a private lunch in the Museum dining room. Joining Mme. Ban (seated center), Mira Nakashima (standing center) and Miriam Belov (seated right) were: Madame Remedios Fe Cabactulan (seated left), the president of the UNDWC and the spouse of Libran Cabactulan, the Philippine Ambassador to the UN; Dr. Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi (standing left), a co-president of the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations. The Ambassador and Madame Cabactulan had visited the Nakashima compound in May 2014 when he spoke about The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Honorary Chairman of the Nakashima Foundation for Peace (NFP). Mira Nakashima, the daughter of George who is continuing his legacy of woodworking and is the president of the NFP , arrived with her brother, Kevin (standing far right), who is also on the board, her son Satoru Amagasu (standing left) and his wife, Soomi (standing right), who is also of Korean lineage. It was a great joy for both Soomi and Mme. Ban to converse in their native language and to also discover that a friend of Soomi’s father had mentored Mr. Ban in his early career. These kinds of personal connections were made throughout the afternoon and by its end, everyone felt a warmth that melted the cold weather.