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A barber's Life, Lim Ji-chi:33 Years as Dongguk University's Campus Barber
Is there anybody who has been around Dongguk University (DU) longer than our campus barber? "During my service as campus barber, the DU president has been replaced seven times," Lim Ji-chi, director barber of the Yi Beauty Salon, said.
Since April 1968, Mr. Lim has been cutting students' and staff members' hair at his barbershop, which was located in the Main Building at that time. Then, his barbershop was moved first to Student Hall and then to Dahyang Hall. Last July, Yi Beauty Salon was moved to the backyard of the Central Library. He is working with two women hair-dressers.
"I witnessed soldiers drag off DU student activists to the police station, as if they were animals, during pro-democracy demonstration in early 1980. That left a strong impressed on my memory," he said as he told me about that unforgettable experience at DU.
Mr. Lim thinks of DU students as his own children and has cut their hair with all his heart for 33 years. "I know every inch of this campus. I have good relationships with almost all DU staff members," he said.
Mr. Lim can guess what grade a student is in by just seeing his/her hair-style. "It is important for students to tell me what hair style they want before I start cutting so that I can give them the best service," he said.
Mr. Lim is also the father of two university students and will mark his 60th birthday in three years. However, he said, "I feel like I'm just starting my life."
"The DU campus is just like my home, and I'd like to round off my career by grooming a successor to replace me," he said. However, we hope that Mr. Lim put off retirement for a long time and stay on as DU's barber.

Kim Dong-ho  dgudp@yahoo.co.kr

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