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discussion period, the mothers, many of them with babies on their hips, received powdered malted milk and yeast tablets. Princess Prem of Thailand's royal family is an active supporter of the YW's efforts to help girls in her colorful, progressive land. "The government has come to us for help, too," said Mrs. Boonchuan Hongskrai,YWCA executive director. In a Juvenile Court home for delinquent girls in Bangkok, we saw YW instructors giving English lessons and teach ing trades ranging from making artificial flower arrangements for sale at the bazaar to professional hairdressing (page 930). "Time passes fast when we learn some thing," said one of the girls, smiling. "More important," said Mrs. Hongskrai, "is the hope that they can get jobs when they are released. We try to make them all feel that someone is interested in them." Korea was the finale to our tour. We came 932 with concern about the problems of the YW in this country split by war and civil unrest. But all our misgivings faded away. Esther Park, advisory secretary, showed us one of the most active associations in all the Orient. It serves 20,000 participants in 9 dif ferent centers, 116 high-school Y-Teen clubs, and 21 college student groups. Clubs, craft classes, and discussion groups filled the large YWCA building in Seoul. And, amid all these activities, the YW also rents its auditorium for weddings-proving that the YWCA, which helps girls who have left home, can also help put them back in the home. Scarves Swirl in YW Farewell For our Korean farewell dozens of YWCA members escorted us to the airport. They waved goodbye, whirling their scarves in a circle-the symbolic gesture of YWCA unit ed around the world. We flew home via Tokyo. We left there at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and crossing the Date Line, arrived in New York at 11:00 p.m.-the same Friday. This para dox of rapid travel made me realize how closely we are all interrelated, and how important are the mutual understanding and the friendship which the YWCA promotes be tween peoples of different national ities and backgrounds. THE END Plucking 12 strings of zitherlike kayacums, musicians at the Seoul YWCA keep alive a tradi- KOREA tional form of Korean music. They themselves wrote the score for the instruments. Whirling their scarves to symbolize the YWCA around the world, members at Seoul bid farewell to the author and Mrs. John McTernan of the United States national staff at the last stop on their global in spection tour. "Korea is full of contradic tions," Mrs. Rockefeller discov ered. "Young people are inde pendent, yet some marriages are arranged. There is TV, but women still cook on charcoal stoves. The YWCA's finest work, here and elsewhere, is the help it offers young people in finding their place in the world." KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHEROiS0115 IMUODEN (C) N.G.S.