South Korean President Moon congratulates BTS on winning top honour at AMAs

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    Yonhap News Agency

    23rd November 2021 – (Seoul) President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday congratulated South Korean supergroup BTS on becoming the first Asian act to win artist of the year, considered the top award, at the American Music Awards (AMAs).

    Moon lauded the boy band for winning the award in a message posted on his social media accounts, saying the win could help Korean people increase their confidence in Korean culture.

    Citing recent remarks by Joseph Nye, professor emeritus at Harvard University, that South Korea is well endowed with soft power on culture, Moon said such cultural success has boosted the nation’s status globally.

    Nye made the remarks at a conference on Korea’s soft power in Washington last month.

    During the conference, Nye said many Korean people think they are left behind, despite their success over the past 60 years.

    Moon said BTS has confirmed Nye’s assessment and asked people to have pride and confidence.

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