So far the city of Seoul has recruited a total of 110 Global Seoul Mates from 26 countries. Four panelists, one each from the US, Japan, China, and Taiwanese, will participate in the first teleconference, which will be broadcast live on ten broadcasting channels as the 16th broadcast of Mr. Won Soon's Seoul Story on June 7.
Evoking their love for Seoul and their efforts to promote it to the wider world, the panelists will be talking with the mayor about the city from their own unique perspectives.
Ms.Hsu Yun Jou, a Taiwanese art director, will be talking from Taiwan through Google+'s video chat tool, while the other three panelists (from the U.S., Japan, China) will be sitting with the mayor on site.
Mr. Michiael Aronson from the United States is scheduled to introduce his short documentary of a makgeolli (traditional Korean rice wine) bar run by Ttaru (a Finland woman) who served as an honorary ambassador for the Seoul Friendship Fair 2012, in an effort to promote Seoul and Korean culture in the global community.
Besides the discussion between the mayor and the panel, the event will feature some visual productions of
Finally, some SNS messages prepared by Global Seoul Mates on their feelings about Seoul and what they want from the city will be presented.
In February 2012, the city government selected 110 Global Seoul Mates from among candidates residing both in Seoul and overseas through a variety of media, and they began their service as global Seoul mates in May.
The "Global Seoul Mates" community site is located on the city's representative foreign language website, and is available in English, Japanese, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.