Korean Roots: More Than Skin Deep
By Moon Gwang-lip
Jenny Palmqvist lifts her shirttail to show off her “Made in Korea” tattoo./ Korea Times Photo by Shim Hyun-chul
Thirty-seven years after a Swedish family adopted her, Jenny Palmqvist returned to Korea to referee the Peace Queen Cup women’s football tournament. She’s proud of being different in Scandinavia, the land of blond hair and blue eyes. When she turned 30, she had the words “Made in Korea’’ tattooed on her lower back.
“When people asked me and said you don’t look Swedish and you are Asian, I used to say, I am `made in Korea,’’’ Palmqvist said Thursday in an interview in a Seoul hotel where she has stayed during the inaugural eight-country football event.
Palmqvist refereed the opener between South Korea and Brazil. She leaves today for Sweden after the tournament ends with the final match between the United States and Canada.