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English, National/National politics/National assembly, 1 season, 311 episodes, 5 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes
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THE KOREA SOCIETY is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.
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Quick Take - South Korea’s New Foreign Policy and Public Opinion with Dr. Kuyoun Chung

April 19, 2024 - This program examines shifts in South Korea’s foreign policy posture, featuring insights and analysis from Dr. Kuyoun Chung, Assistant professor of the Department of Political Science at the Kangwon National University. The Yoon Suk Yeol administration aims to transform Korea into a “Global Pivotal State.” How has Seoul pursued this objective despite complex geopolitical and economic challenges? How does Korea navigate diplomatic relations in a tense region that is increasingly impacted by strategic competition between autocracies and democracies? Using survey data, Dr. Chung reveals how the South Korean public understands their country’s place in the world, including its allies, threats, and opportunities, in conversation with policy program officer Chelsie Alexandre. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1811-quick-take-south-korea-s-new-foreign-policy-and-public-opinion-with-dr-kuyoun-chung
4/19/202419 minutes, 3 seconds
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Korea: A New History of South and North with Victor Cha and Ramon Pacheco Pardo

April 18, 2024 - Join us for a book talk with authors Professor Victor Cha and Professor Ramon Pacheco Pardo, who discuss their new book, Korea: A New History of South and North with policy director Jonathan Corrado. The Korea Society is proud to be a stop on the famous pink book tour! This important new work of history draws on “decades of research to explore the history of modern Korea, from the late nineteenth century, Japanese occupation, and Cold War division to the present day. This comprehensive history sheds light on the evolving identities of the two Koreas, explaining the sharp differences between North and South, and prospects for unification." You can purchase the book here.  For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1761-korea-new-history-of-south-and-north-with-victor-cha-and-ramon-pacheco-pardo
4/18/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 19 seconds
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Rapid Reaction: Unpacking the Korean Election

April 11, 2024 - Join us for a rapid reaction analysis of the Republic of Korea’s high stakes 2024 legislative election, held in South Korea one day prior on April 10. This election could shift the control of power in the National Assembly, resulting in an emboldened electoral mandate for President Yoon Suk Yeol, or else creating a new challenge for his administration’s agenda. In this conversation with Korea Society policy program officer Chelsie Alexandre, Stanford University’s Professor Dr. Gi-Wook Shin explores the implications of the election for: Korea’s political, economic, and social policy; its relations with its Alliance partner the United States, and regional states, such as North Korea, China, and Japan.  For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1772-rapid-reaction-unpacking-the-korean-election
4/11/202451 minutes, 36 seconds
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Recapturing Lost Ground on North Korean Human Rights, with Ambassador Julie Turner

April 9, 2024 - Join us for a conversation about recovering lost ground in the international effort to address North Korea’s human rights violations, featuring: Ambassador Julie Turner, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, James Heenan, UN Human Rights Office representative in Seoul, Dr. Katrin Katz, Korea Society Van Fleet Senior Fellow, and Sean Chung, CEO of HanVoice, in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. The United Nations Human Rights Council published its landmark report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ten years ago. That report documented “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in North Korea. But the international effort to ensure accountability, involving U.S. coordination with allies such as the Republic of Korea and through the United Nations, is only just beginning. The U.S. State Department describes credible reports of unlawful or arbitrary killings by the government, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, total state control of expression and media through censorship, severe restrictions on political participation, gender-based violence, and the worst forms of child labor. A Korean American adoptee with twenty years of diplomatic experience, Ambassador Julie Turner said, “The human rights situation in the DPRK is one of the most protracted human rights crises in the world,” in her testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. This discussion explores issues impacting refugees, information distribution, separated family reunions, pathways to practical progress, North Korean human rights success stories, the connection between the regime’s human rights abuses and its weapons programs, and the nexus of humanitarian assistance and human rights. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1813-recapturing-lost-ground-on-north-korean-human-rights-with-ambassador-julie-turner
4/9/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Philosophy of Korean Tea

April 3, 2024 - Darye–"etiquette for tea" or "tea rite"– has been an integral part of Korean history and culture for over a thousand years. Donghyun Kim, a Korean heritage curator, discusses the history of tea practices and aesthetics in Korea and the landscape of contemporary Korean tea culture. YouTube version with images can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sRVfQpAmJg For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1797-the-philosophy-of-korean-tea
4/4/202452 minutes, 3 seconds
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Paper Soldiers: How the Weaponization of the Dollar Changed the World Order

April 2, 2024 - Join us for a discussion with the Senior Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg News Saleha Mohsin on her newly released book Paper Soldiers: How the Weaponization of the Dollar Changed the World Order, in cooperation with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). As the global order continues to evolve, it seems that the dollar’s dominance may find itself waning for the first time in 70 years. In a world dividing into two camps, one led by China and the other by the U.S, Mohsin investigates America's strong dollar policy and how it has shaped the world order, the effects of America's heavy-handed sanctions on its adversaries, and how American allies like South Korea view the dollar in today's global financial system. The conversation will be moderated by former CBS White House Correspondent and NCAFP Board Member, Jacqueline Adams. Purchase the book here For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1810-paper-soldiers-how-the-weaponization-of-the-dollar-changed-the-world-order
4/2/20241 hour, 1 minute, 30 seconds
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Starry Field with Margaret Juhae Lee and Grace M. Cho

March 27, 2024 - In her intimate and touching debut, Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History, journalist Margaret Juhae Lee uncovers her family’s lost history that had been buried in the darkness of Korea’s colonial decades. Growing up in Houston, Margaret Juhae Lee was never told about her grandfather, Lee Chul Ha. His memory was submerged in 1936 Korea, when Lee Chul Ha died a disgraced communist rebel, leaving Margaret's grandmother widowed with their two young sons. To his surviving family Lee Chul Ha was a criminal. As an act of unearthing her own identity, Margaret needed to understand why. Margaret began investigating the truth of her grandfather’s story. After many trips to Korea, she located her grandfather’s interrogation records, and began a series of long-form interviews with her grandmother. Through her research, Margaret discovered an extraordinary young man, Lee Chul Ha – a student revolutionary imprisoned in 1929 for protesting the Japanese government’s colonization of Korea. Lee Chul Ha was a hero and eventually honored as a Patriot of South Korea almost 60 years after his death. With this new knowledge came Margaret’s realization that her grandmother had old wounds she needed to heal. Starry Field weaves together Margaret’s family story against the backdrop of Korea’s tumultuous modern history, with a powerful question at its heart. Can we ever separate ourselves from our family’s past—and if the answer is yes, should we? In her conversation with Grace M. Cho, Margaret Juhae Lee discusses her memoir. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1784-starry-field-with-margaret-juhae-lee-and-grace-m-cho
3/27/202454 minutes, 26 seconds
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Colloquy: Translating Korean Poetry

March 25, 2024 - The Korea Society is delighted to present Colloquy: Translating Korean Poetry, featuring five poets and translators –Stine An, Eunice Lee, Seo Jung Hak, Megan Sungyoon, and Soje– for an evening of poetry reading and conversation. Colloquy: Translators in Conversation is an event series presented by World Poetry Books in collaboration with Montez Press Radio and a partnering New York City institution. Since 2022, Colloquy event series provides a forum for translators to engage with live audiences in an exploration of the art of translation. Each Colloquy event presents a group of two to four translators of recently published works (or works-in-progress) for short readings and moderated conversations, followed by Q&A’s with the audience. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1794-colloquy-translating-korean-poetry
3/26/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Dynamic U.S.-ROK Trade and Investment Relationship: Current Issues and Prospects

March 20, 2024 - Explore insights into the dynamics of the U.S.-ROK economic relations and the critical issues impacting trade and investment between the two nations in our inaugural program, “The Dynamic U.S.-ROK Trade and Investment Relationship: Current Issues and Prospects” kicking off the new series, U.S.-ROK New Economic Paradigm. Join a distinguished panel of experts consisting of the Hon. Diane Farrell, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade at the United States Department of Commerce, Mr. Frank Ahrens, Principal of BGR Group, and Dr. Hyun-jung Je, President & Chief Representative of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) Washington DC Office, in conversation with The Korea Society’s President & CEO Tom Byrne. Each speaker brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the discussion, offering insightful perspectives on foreign investment in the U.S., investment-friendly U.S. states, and how U.S.-Korea economic relations might be shaped by the upcoming US Presidential election. This program will be recorded at The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1809-the-dynamic-u-s-rok-trade-and-investment-relationship-current-issues-and-prospects
3/20/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Republic of Korea and the UN Security Council with ROK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Joonkook HWANG

March 15, 2024 - Please join us for a timely discussion on the Republic of Korea’s membership in the United Nations Security Council for the 2024-2025 term, featuring the ROK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Joonkook HWANG, in conversation with Korea Society President and CEO Thomas Byrne. The Republic of Korea, which has a special history and bond with the United Nations, aims to actively contribute to world peace and security and fulfill the expectations of the international community during its tenure as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. This event will offer a valuable opportunity for the audience to gain insights into Ambassador Hwang’s perspective on the ROK’s vision for its Security Council activities, highlighting its interests and priorities among more than 60 regional and thematic agenda items on the Council. Moreover, Ambassador Hwang is anticipated to address the current status and future prospects of the Korean Peninsula, including recent changes and implications of North Korea’s nuclear and inter-Korean policies. This event will also serve as a platform for shedding light on new Security Council dynamics in recent years amidst ongoing global geopolitical changes, in particular the enhanced roles of non-permanent Council members, referred to as the Elected 10. This event is co-hosted by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) and features introductory remarks by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jeffrey R. Shafer.  For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1807-the-republic-of-korea-and-the-un-security-council-with-rok-permanent-representative-to-the-united-nations-ambassador-joonkook-hwang
3/18/202423 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jang: The Soul of Korean Cooking

March 13, 2024 - Like the foundational role of butter in French cooking or olive oil in Italian cuisine, jangs stand as the cornerstone of Korean cooking, infusing every dish with a symphony of flavors and complexity. Chef Mingoo Kang, often referred to as South Korea’s best chef, invites readers on a gastronomic journey in Jang: The Soul of Korean Cooking to discover the deceptively simple, yet utterly unique and complex Korean sauces that have been near secret ingredients until now. Chef Kang is celebrated for his dedication to the exploration of jangs at his two-Michelin star restaurant, Mingles, in South Korea. In his new book, he demystifies the art of cooking with these soulful sauces through 60 home-cook-friendly recipes that showcase the versatility and depth of the umami-rich flavors in both Korean and Western preparations. In addition to providing delicious preparations and flavor notes customized for home kitchens, Jang delves into the history and methods behind the three jangs—ganjang, doenjang, and gochujang. Jang is not merely a cookbook but a timeless addition to every culinary enthusiast's collection, bridging cultures through the universal language of exquisite flavor. Chef Kang and his two co-authors, Joshua David Stein and Nadia Cho, discuss jang, Korean food, and their new cookbook with moderator Juliana Sohn. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1804-jang-the-soul-of-korean-cooking
3/14/202456 minutes, 55 seconds
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YPN | Legal Career Insights: A Panel Discussion

March 11, 2024 - In this program of our Young Professionals’ Network series, The Korea Society, in partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), hosted a panel discussion focused on the pursuit of a career in law. Our panel comprises four experienced legal professionals: Karen Kim, Senior Counsel at QBE North America and President of AABANY; Judge Judy Kim, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court in the New York State Supreme Court; and Brian Song, Litigation Partner at BakerHostetler. The conversation will be moderated by Dami Park, Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Concord Music Group. Join us to gain valuable insights into the diverse paths of success in the legal profession from our accomplished panel. Through engaging narratives and an opportunity for networking, uncover inspiration and practical guidance to navigate your path to success in law. This discussion will be held in-person at The Korea Society on March 7th at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be available for those in attendance. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1793-legal-career-insights-a-panel-discussion
3/11/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 27 seconds
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Korean Unification: A Fading Prospect?

March 6, 2024 - Join us for this conversation about prospects for Korean Unification with Jeongmin Kim, Lead Correspondent at NK News / Editorial Director at Korea Pro, Dr. Lee Sang-shin, director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at Korea Institute of National Unification (KINU), and Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. This panel will explore recent policy shifts towards unification in South Korea under the Yoon Suk Yeol administration and in North Korea announced by Chairman Kim Jong Un at the ninth plenary meeting of the eighth central committee of the ruling Workers' Party. What are the consequences of Kim’s announcement that North Korea’s long standing policy goal of unification (one nation, two systems) will be dropped? The expert panel will also discuss changing public opinion in South Korea, including demographic and ideological splits in policy preferences for the future of the Korean Peninsula. Plus, in addition to discussing the well-understood challenges and obstacles to practically embarking on a process of unification, the panel will cover some of the potential benefits of Unification, including demographic, sociocultural, geopolitical, and economic factors. The promotional partner for this program is Columbia University’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1780-korean-unification-a-fading-prospect
3/6/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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Snowglobe with Soyoung Park and Joungmin Lee Comfort

March 4, 2024 - Snowglobe by Soyoung Park, the first book in a powerful young adult dystopian duology, is a groundbreaking exploration of personal identity, and the future of the world as we know it. The winner of the Changbi X Kakaopage Young Adult Novel Award, the novel has been translated into English by Joungmin Lee Comfort, introducing a new readership to this cutting-edge commentary on climate change, socioeconomic inequality, and personal identity. Set in a frozen world, only the residents of Snowglobe have it all: fame, fortune, and, above all, safety from the bitter cold. Outside the domed city, citizens must face the –50-degree Fahrenheit temperatures to produce the energy that Snowglobe needs to run. Their only solace comes in the form of television programming developed from the 24/7 filming of those who live in Snowglobe. When Snowglobe’s biggest star and newly-minted weather announcer, Haeri, is found dead, look-alike Chobahm must take her place, getting the opportunity of a lifetime to join the residents inside. But she soon discovers that the society she’s idolized is hiding a frozen and dangerous heart. Snowglobe is a powerful and layered thrill ride containing a myriad of plot twists and a shocking ending that will keep readers eagerly awaiting its sequel. Join us for a conversation with the author and translator, moderated by Kat Cho, as they discuss the English publication of Snowglobe. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1782-snowglobe-with-soyoung-park-and-joungmin-lee-comfort
3/4/202456 minutes, 54 seconds
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Charting Entrepreneurial Paths: Curtis Lee, From Luxe to Pinwheel and Beyond

February 28, 2024 - Navigating the uncertainties of quitting an established career to venture into entrepreneurship is a common challenge for many aspiring startup founders. The question of when to take that leap adds another layer of complexity to the journey. To shed light on these dilemmas, we invite you to join our conversation with Curtis Lee, a seasoned startup founder, currently serving as the VP of Global Payments and Cash at Microsoft. Curtis embarked on his entrepreneurial path by founding Luxe, a premium valet and auto-concierge system, in 2013. After Luxe’s successful acquisition to Volvo Group, Curtis returned to the entrepreneurial arena with the launch of Pinwheel, a fintech specializing in payroll API, in 2021. During this discussion, Curtis will share the intricacies of how he charted his entrepreneurial path, strategically navigating tech giants, startups, and investment firms, to fulfill his aspirations. Additionally, Curtis will impart how his firsthand founding experience has transformed him into a more emphatic investor, particularly for early-stage startups in their foundational phases. Moderated by CeFaan Kim, correspondent for ABC News. This program is supported by Hanwha Life For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1781-charting-entrepreneurial-paths-curtis-lee-from-luxe-to-pinwheel-and-beyond
2/29/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 34 seconds
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Deterring North Korea: A Conversation with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins - United States Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

February 22, 2024 - Join us for a discussion on deterrence and North Korea with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, United States Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Together in conversation with US Air Force Reserve Major Jessica Taylor and Korea Society Policy Director Jonathan Corrado, Ambassador Jenkins will discuss the US-ROK Alliance and the growing threats posed by Pyongyang's evolving nuclear, missile, and space capabilities as well as its proliferation and procurement activities, including its growing ties and trade with Russia.   For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1770-deterring-north-korea-a-conversation-with-ambassador-bonnie-jenkins
2/22/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 8 seconds
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Rumbles of Thunder and Endangered Peace on the Korean Peninsula

January 31, 2024 - Recent events have heightened military tensions on the Korean Peninsula—North Korea’s successful launch of a military satellite resulting in Seoul’s decision to partially suspend the inter-Korean Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA), and followed by Pyongyang’s deployment of additional forces near its border with South Korea—increasing the chances of conflict on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's advancements in its nuclear weapons and missile programs, coupled with the diminishing enforcement of sanctions and renewed support from Russia, have sparked debates among the South Korean public and security experts about the possibility of Seoul pursuing an indigenous nuclear deterrent. Join us for a program co-hosted by The Korea Society and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) on the future of Korean Peninsula security and suggestions for de-escalation and preventive diplomacy, featuring Professor Moon Chung-In, James Laney Professor at Yonsei University and Vice Chair for the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament. Following Professor Moon’s initial remarks, he will be joined by NCAFP director for Asia Susan A. Thornton and Director of the new Indo-Pacific Security Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Markus Garlauskas for a conversation moderated by Korea Society president & CEO Tom Byrne. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1764-rumbles-of-thunder-and-endangered-peace-on-the-korean-peninsula
1/31/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 24 seconds
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Author Talks: Bora Chung & Anton Hur

January 30, 2024 - The author and translator of Cursed Bunny, a National Book Award and International Booker Prize Finalist, are back with a new collection of short stories. A rising star of Korean literature, Bora Chung burst onto the American literary scene last year with the publication of her astounding debut, Cursed Bunny: Stories, translated by Anton Hur. Met with universal praise, these surreal, chilling fables that take on patriarchy, capitalism, and the reign of big tech were a National Book Award Finalist for Translated Literature and shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. Chung and Hur returns with her striking sophomore collection, Your Utopia: Stories. Filled with Chung’s inimitable blend of horror, absurdity, and dark humor, and set in near and distant futures that reflect our deepest fears and desires, the stories in Your Utopia take place in different, off-kilter yet sometimes uncannily familiar settings. With Your Utopia, Chung hopes to provide readers with “a collection of stories that explore the limits of humanity to re-discover what it means to be human. Like all other works of science and speculative fiction, Your Utopia is ultimately about human beings: who we are and what we will be as the Anthropocene era reaches its peak and eventual demise.” In this episode of Author Talks, Bora Chung is joined by Anton Hur to discuss her latest English publication. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1774-author-talks-bora-chung-anton-hur
1/30/202443 minutes, 56 seconds
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Saeju Jeong: An Unwavering Visionary Behind Noom

January 24, 2024 - Join us for our inaugural program of Startup Scene: Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, featuring Saeju Jeong, the Co-Founder and former CEO, and now serving as Executive Chair of Noom. Noom, established in 2008 with Saeju’s friend, Artem Pekatov, introduced a pioneering weight loss app in 2017, integrating behavioral psychology with an empathetic human approach. Since then, Noom has disrupted the weight loss industry, achieving a valuation of $3.7 billion, and benefited over 50 million people with their health and diet. Saeju’s unwavering, mission-driven leadership has been behind the remarkable success of Noom. As the visionary behind Noom, Saeju guided the company through the many strategic pivots that ultimately led to the discovery of Noom’s unique business model. We invite you to explore Saeju’s compelling entrepreneurial journey, marked with soulful tenacity toward a healthier-choice platform for consumers. This conversation took place on January 24 at 6:00 pm at the premise of The Korea Society. This program is supported by Hanwha Life. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1751-saeju-jeong-an-unwavering-visionary-behind-noom
1/26/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 38 seconds
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Saeju Jeong: An Unwavering Visionary Behind Noom

January 24, 2024 - Join us for our inaugural program of Startup Scene: Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, featuring Saeju Jeong, the Co-Founder and former CEO, and now serving as Executive Chair of Noom. Noom, established in 2008 with Saeju’s friend, Artem Pekatov, introduced a pioneering weight loss app in 2017, integrating behavioral psychology with an empathetic human approach. Since then, Noom has disrupted the weight loss industry, achieving a valuation of $3.7 billion, and benefited over 50 million people with their health and diet. Saeju’s unwavering, mission-driven leadership has been behind the remarkable success of Noom. As the visionary behind Noom, Saeju guided the company through the many strategic pivots that ultimately led to the discovery of Noom’s unique business model. We invite you to join us for an engaging evening to explore Saeju’s compelling entrepreneurial journey, marked with soulful tenacity toward a healthier-choice platform for consumers. This program is supported by Hanwha Life. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1751-saeju-jeong-an-unwavering-visionary-behind-noom
1/25/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 33 seconds
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Y. T. Hwang Family Foundation Series on Ethics & Common Values Inaugural Lecture by Dr. Jim Yong Kim

January 10, 2024 - With the ever-growing need to understand ourselves and humanity as a whole, it is necessary to examine the concepts of morality, ethics and universal values as guiding principles of the human condition. With generous support from Y.T. Hwang Family Foundation, The Korea Society is launching a new lecture and conversation series titled Series on Ethics and Common Values. This series promotes the understanding of central themes of our human existence - morality, ethics, personal responsibility, compassion and civility - through a series of lectures by distinguished speakers and conversation with extraordinary individuals who exemplify the universal values in line with the mission of Y. T. Hwang Family Foundation and The Korea Society. The Korea Society and Y. T. Hwang Family Foundation is proud to present Dr. Jim Yong Kim, who will deliver the inaugural lecture of the new series. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1767-y-t-hwang-family-foundation-series-on-ethics-common-values-inaugural-lecture-by-dr-jim-yong-kim
1/11/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Why It May Fail and Why It Must Not

January 9, 2024 - Join us for a book talk with the Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy Scott Snyder. This new work provides an authoritative overview of the internal and external pressures on the U.S.–South Korea alliance and explores its future prospects. He argues that exclusive-nationalist leaders’ accession to power and domestic political polarization in the United States and South Korea could put past successes at risk and endanger the national security objectives of both countries. In the United States, “America First” nationalism favors self-interest over cooperation and portrays allies as burdens or even free riders. “Korea first” sentiments, in both progressive and conservative forms, present the U.S. military presence in South Korea as an obstacle to inter-Korean reconciliation or a shackle on South Korea’s freedom of action. Snyder also examines North Korea’s attempts to influence South Korean domestic politics and how China’s growing strength has affected the dynamics of the alliance. He considers scenarios in which the U.S.-South Korea relationship weakens or crumbles, emphasizing the consequences for the region and the world. Drawing on this analysis, Snyder offers timely recommendations for stakeholders in both countries on how to preserve and strengthen the alliance. The conversation is moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado. This program is produced in partnership between The Korea Society and The Council on Foreign Relations. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1759-the-u-s-south-korea-alliance-why-it-may-fail-and-why-it-must-not
1/10/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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Beyond Utopia: Screening and Q&A with Sue Mi Terry, Rachel Cohen, and Seohyun Lee

Recorded January 4, 2024 Join us for a screening of the documentary film BEYOND UTOPIA, winner of the Audience Award for US Documentary Features at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. BEYOND UTOPIA is a suspenseful look at the lengths people will go to gain freedom. It follows various individuals as they attempt to flee North Korea, one of the most oppressive places on earth. At the film’s core are a mother desperate to reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind; a family of five - including small children and an elderly grandmother - embarking on a treacherous journey across the Yalu River and into the hostine mountains of China; and a man of God on a mission to help these desperate souls. Gripping, visceral, and urgent, Madeleine Gavin’s film embers the viewers with these family members as they attempt their perilous escape, palpably conveying life-or-death stakes. After the film, stay for a Q&A with Producers Sue Mi Terry and Rachel Cohen as well as human rights advocate and North Korean defector Seohyun Lee, moderated by policy program officer Chelsie Alexandre. For more information, please visit the links below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1758-beyond-utopia-screening-and-q-a-with-executive-producer-sue-mi-terry Beyond Utopia trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D-WVu35oPM
1/8/202449 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is Sentiment Shifting on Foreign Policy, Alliances, and the US-Korea Relationship?

December 14, 2023 - How does the US public view America’s place in the world? How strong are the bonds between the US and Korea? Conversely, how does the Korean public view the United States as a partner and an ally? How are these views changing and what are the implications for global geopolitics, the US-Korea Alliance, and peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula? The expert panel includes: Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) and an author of KEI’s “2023 Report on American Attitudes Toward the Korean Peninsula,” Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of the survey report, “Americans Continue to See Benefits from US Alliances,” and Dr. Woo Chang Kang, associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Korea University, who will explore the implications for Korea of these recent surveys, as well as the equivalent surveys in Korea. The conversation is moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1747-is-sentiment-shifting-on-foreign-policy-alliances-and-the-us-korea-relationship
12/14/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Korean Wave: Where did it come from, and where is it going? A Conversation with Korea's Ambassador for Cultural Cooperation Sohn Jie-ae

December 8, 2023 - The world is captivated by Korean culture. This fascination and popular interest, once focused on K-drama and K-pop, have now extended into fashion, food, fine art, classical and various genres of music. So much so that various institutions are pondering the question: what is the secret of Korea’s cultural success? To answer this question, Korea’s Ambassador for Cultural Cooperation Sohn Jie-ae, a former CNN Seoul correspondent, explores the basic values and thoughts that lie behind the strength of Korea’s cultural wave in her conversation with Vivian Lee. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1754-the-korean-wave-where-did-it-come-from-and-where-is-it-going
12/8/202350 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Return of Industrial Policy: Lessons from Korea with Munseob Lee

2023 Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture December 6, 2023 - The Korea Society is pleased to announce that the winner of the 7th Annual Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture Competition is Dr. Munseob Lee, Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Lee will address The Return of Industrial Policy: Lessons from Korea. Industrial policy is making a comeback. Signs of government intervention in support of industry are visible not only in China, but in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Drawing lessons learned from Korea’s experience, Lee provides important insights for today’s policy-makers. A notable case to be discussed is the Korean government's implementation of the heavy and chemical industry drive in 1973. While that policy yielded positive outcomes for the targeted industries, it also resulted in a higher concentration within those sectors. Lee emphasizes the intricate nature of industrial policy and stresses the need for a thorough evaluation of its costs and benefits before implementation, especially now given the current bipartisan support for substantial bills in the U.S. aimed at revitalizing industrial policy. As one reviewer stated, “At this critical time Lee revisits the effectiveness of Korean industrial policy during a high development phase to glean useful insights for Korea, U.S., and beyond.” The Lecture is moderated by Thomas Byrne, President and CEO of The Korea Society. The intent of the annual Sherman Family Lecture Award is to grow U.S. thought leadership on Korea for a new generation. The award is presented across disciplines and to emerging thought leaders, from doctoral candidates to junior professors and respective research or non-profit professionals. The award is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sherman and family. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1706-sherman-family-korea-emerging-scholar-lecture-2023
12/7/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Future of North Korea Policy: A New Framing of the Challenge

Recorded October 6, 2023 In October of 2023, the NCAFP’s Forum on Asia-Pacific Security reconvened its 2021 and 2022 cohorts of Emerging Leaders in NYC for two days of conferences and meetings with think tanks and experts on Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific security issues. The NCAFP partnered with the Korea Society to record a roundtable discussion on North Korea policy. In this conversation moderated by NCAFP Emerging Leader (2021) and the Korea Society’s Policy Director, Jonathan Corrado, Shaquille James (U.S. Air Force, 2021), Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2022), and Marialaura De Angelis (Track2Asia, 2022) discussed a new framing of the North Korean challenge, new approaches to engaging with North Korea, and transitional justice and contingency scenarios.
12/5/202353 minutes, 59 seconds
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YPN: Leading With Vision at Kakao Mobility: A Conversation with SVP Christopher Chang

Recorded November 30, 2023 Kakao Mobility Corp, a mobility subsidiary of South Korea's tech giant Kakao Corp, is a one of a kind mobility platform company. It operates the Kakao T app, a super app that provides an all-in-one mobility experience, with an industry-defining and market-leading “No. 1” product portfolio comprised of taxi-hailing, designated driver, turn-by-turn navigation, smart parking, micro-mobility, flight/train/shuttle, as well as future mobility such as autonomous driving, robotics, HD Maps, and Urban Air Mobility. On November 30th, our Young Professionals’ Network invites Dr. Christopher Chang (장성욱), the Senior Vice President of Kakao Mobility Corp, to discuss his significant contributions to mobility technology innovation. Join this conversation, moderated by Frank Bi, Director of Tools and Technology at The Star Tribune, to learn more about Dr. Chang’s fascinating personal journey to his current position and to hear his distinctive insights into Kakao Mobility’s business model. This discussion will be held in-person at The Korea Society and will be followed by a brief networking session with the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be available for those in attendance. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1740-ypn-a-conversation-with-christopher-chang
12/1/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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Chosen: Film Screening and Director Q&A

Recorded November 2, 2023 - Join us to watch Chosen, a documentary that follows five Korean Americans of vastly diverse backgrounds with competing political views as they run for US Congress in 2020. David Kim is the only underdog with limited resources vying to be the first Korean American representative in Koreatown. Director Joseph Juhn joins for an intimate Q&A session after the film in conversation with policy program officer Chelsie Alexandre, providing opportunities for audience members to ask questions. Video version including trailer available at the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZrELJtlLwM For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1717-chosen-film-screening-and-director-q-a
11/21/202346 minutes, 39 seconds
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YPN - Beyond Boundaries: A Conversation with Sang A Im

November 16, 2023 - The Korea Society welcomes Sang A Im, fashion designer and former South Korean actress/singer, to the Young Professionals’ Network for a conversation about her unique journey to success in the cutthroat New York City design world. At Genesis House, a beautiful modern oasis influenced by Korean culture, Sang A Im met with Vivian Lee, Emmy Award-winning TV Journalist & Correspondent at Asian American Life, for a discussion about leaving the Korean entertainment industry behind, starting a business in an unfamiliar country, becoming a self-made entrepreneur, the inspiration behind her designs, and more. This program was recorded at Genesis House on Monday, October 16th in New York City, NY. For the video version of this interview, please visit the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O1o_MaHcTU For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1744-beyond-boundaries-a-conversation-with-sang-a-im
11/17/202357 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Korean Cookbook with Chef Junghyun Park

November 13, 2023 - Acclaimed two-Michelin-starred chef Junghyun (JP) Park invites you to discover the delicious and joyful world of Korean cuisine known as Hansik. Together with Jungyoon Choi, globally renowned expert on Korean food, Chef Park presents an expansive and scholarly exploration of Korean cooking and proves that there is much more to celebrate about Korean fare than just barbecue. Following 10 years of in-depth research – and 20 years of friendship – Park and Choi have meticulously crafted the most comprehensive collection of Korean recipes in print today. The Korean Cookbook published by Phaidon features more than 350 authentic recipes, originating from the high rises of Seoul to the volcanic beaches of Jeju Island. An incredible variety of deeply-researched dishes are carefully documented in this collection that spans 500 pages and includes 110 commissioned photographs shot in Korea by photographer Jinju Kang, an artist who works primarily on Hansik and Korean Art Cultures. Designed by Associate Studio, the book brings together the heritage of Korean paper making, Hanji, along with typographic structure melding together decorative window design with one of Korea’s most celebrated typographers Ahn Sang Soo. Richly illustrated and beautifully designed, The Korean Cookbook is the definitive culinary guide that captures the true essence of Hansik for readers around the world. In this conversation at The Korea Society with Elyse Inamine, Chef Park speaks about his first book and career. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1742-the-korean-cookbook-with-chef-junghyun-park
11/15/202345 minutes, 27 seconds
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New Horizons for US-Korea-Japan Trilateral Cooperation

November 9, 2023 - Join us for a program exploring the opportunities and limits for US-Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation. US President Joe Biden met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at a landmark trilateral summit at Camp David in August. This program aims to critically assess the progress made since then, with an emphasis on big picture strategic issues. How can the three countries tackle shared challenges and promote mutual security and prosperity? How well can they cooperate to manage relations with North Korea, China, Russia, Southeast Asia, and the wider global community? Are the new institutional pathways for cooperation initiated by the Camp David summit being implemented effectively? An expert panel, composed of specialists from each of the three nations, will investigate these questions and more in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. Panelists include: Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. Katrin Fraser Katz, Kangwon National University Professor Kuyoun Chung, Asia Society Policy Institute DC Office Director for Political-Security Affairs Emma Chanlett-Avery, and Keio University Professor Nishino Junya. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1721-new-horizons-for-us-korea-japan-trilateral-cooperation
11/9/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 53 seconds
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E. J. Koh: The Liberators with Anton Hur

November 8, 2023 - At the height of the military dictatorship in South Korea, Insuk and Sungho are arranged to be married. The couple soon moves to San Jose, California, with an infant and Sungho’s overbearing mother-in-law. Adrift in a new country, Insuk grieves the loss of her past and her divided homeland, finding herself drawn into an illicit relationship that sets into motion a dramatic saga and echoes for generations to come. Extraordinarily beautiful and deeply moving, The Liberators by E. J. Koh is an elegantly wrought family saga of memory, trauma, and empathy, and a stunning testament to the consequences and fortunes of inheritance. From the Gwangju Massacre to the 1988 Olympics, flashbacks to Korean repatriation after Japanese surrender, and the Sewol ferry accident, Koh’s exquisitely drawn portraits and symphonic testimony from guards, prisoners, perpetrators, and liberators spans continents and four generations of two Korean families forever changed by fateful past decisions made in love and war. In this conversation with Anton Hur, E. J. Koh discusses her debut novel. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1729-e-j-koh-the-liberators-with-anton-hur
11/9/202356 minutes, 40 seconds
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Djuna: Counterweight with translator Anton Hur

November 7, 2023 - An “antic, madcap noir with flair" (Wired) and “fast-paced cyberpunk story” (The New York Times Book Review) from one of South Korea's most revered science fiction writers, whose identity remains unknown, Djuna's Counterweight is an absorbing tale of corporate intrigue, political unrest, unsolved mysteries, and the havoc wreaked by one company’s monomaniacal endeavor to build the world’s first space elevator. Originally conceived by Djuna as a low-budget science fiction film, with literary references as wide-ranging as Joseph Conrad and the Marquis de Sade, Counterweight is part cyberpunk, part hard-boiled detective fiction, and part parable of South Korea’s neocolonial ambition and its rippling effects. Djuna is a novelist and film critic, and a former chair of the Korean Science Fiction Writers Union. For more than twenty years they have published as a faceless writer, refusing to reveal personal details regarding age, gender, or legal name. Widely considered to be one of South Korea’s most important science fiction writers, Djuna has published ten short-story collections and five novels. Anton Hur, the award winning translator of many Korean literature, discusses Djuna's writings and their impact in Korea, the genre of Korean science fiction, and literary translation from Korean to English in this conversation with Matthew Sciarappa. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1727-djuna-counterweight-with-translator-anton-hur
11/8/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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A Look at Korea as a Frog Outside the Well - An Outsider's Perspective on Korean History

November 6, 2023 - Join us and explore with Prof. Mark Peterson the ideas advanced in his most recent book, Views of Korean History by a Frog Outside the Well. Written in a conversational style for the general public, in this book Dr. Peterson offers a unique take on Korean history that differs from the standard history taught in Korea since liberation from Japan. It is a point of view that his Korean audience appreciates for its radical departure from orthodox history and finds “refreshing,” “positive” and “uplifting.” In a recent article for the Korea Times, Dr. Peterson writes that he offers a new approach to facts already well known… but looks at in an entirely new way and a way that many young scholars are starting to look at as well. The discussion will be moderated by Linda Tobash, Senior Advisor for Education at the Society. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/education/item/1743-a-look-at-korea-as-a-frog-outside-the-well-an-outsider-s-perspective-on-korean-history
11/7/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 1 second
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The U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance at 70: Legacy and Future

Recorded October 4, 2023 Signed on Oct. 1, 1953, in the wake of the armistice, the U.S.-South Korea alliance has matured into a dynamic partnership, deterring conflict and fostering cooperation with respect to trade, technology and people-to-people ties. This expert panel reflected on the legacy and future of the alliance. This program was jointly hosted by The Korea Society, the Korea Defense Veterans Association and the Korea-Pacific Program at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. About the Speakers: Thomas J. Byrne joined The Korea Society as its President in August of 2015 following a distinguished career that included Senior Vice President of Moody's Investor Services and Senior Economist of the Asia Department at the Institute of International Finance. Byrne has an M.A. degree in International Relations with an emphasis on economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Before doing graduate work at SAIS, he served in South Korea for three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. His commentary on Korean affairs has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Financial Times among others. Stephen Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Distinguished Professor and director of the Korea-Pacific Program at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. He teaches courses on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific at GPS covering political economy as well as security issues. He has done extensive research on North Korea in particular. In addition, he has a long-standing interest in transitions to and from democratic rule and the current phenomenon of democratic backsliding. His recent research on South Korea addresses the issue of political polarization, including with respect to foreign policy. Allison Hooker is a foreign policy and national security specialist with 20 years of experience in the U.S. Government working on Asia. She served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia, where she led the coordination and implementation of U.S. policy toward the Indo-Pacific region. Prior to that, Hooker served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Korean Peninsula, where she staffed the U.S.-DPRK Summits in Singapore, Hanoi, and the DMZ. Prior to her service at the White House, Hooker was a senior analyst for North Korea in the Department of State and staffed the Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear program. She received a Masters’ of Arts Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and has been a research fellow at Osaka University and Keio University, where she focused on Japan-Korea relations, and Japan-China relations, respectively. Youngwan Kim is a career diplomat who joined the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Korea in 1993. He worked at various Ministries of the Korean Government, including Foreign Ministry, Unification Ministry, and Office for Government Policy Coordination, Prime Minister’s Office. Prior to his current post as Consul General in LA, he served as Director-General for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Prime Minister’s office. He also worked as Director-General for Planning and Management of the Foreign Ministry. His most recent foreign post was a Member of the Panel of Experts, UN Security Council Sanctions Committee at the United Nations headquarter. His foreign posts also include Washington D.C., New York, Beijing and Baghdad. Munseob Lee is an economist who concentrates his research efforts on macroeconomics, growth and development, firm dynamics, and Korea. He has investigated the factors that determine the growth of firms, with a particular focus on how government purchases can promote long-term growth of small businesses. Additionally, he examined the disproportionate effect of inflation, revealing that low-income households and black families are the most affected by rising prices in the United States. Lee, who is an Associate Director in GPS's Korea-Pacific Program, teaches courses including Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Macroeconomics of Development and The Korean Economy. In 2019, General Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti completed a distinguished 41-year career in the U.S. Army as the Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO. Prior to that he served as the Commander of U.S. Forces Korea / United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command in Seoul from 2013 to 2016. Other prominent postings in his highly-decorated career include Director of the Joint Staff, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, the Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, the Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division. Additionally, over the years, General Scaparrotti served in key leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic level. He has commanded forces during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Support Hope (Zaire/Rwanda), Joint Endeavor (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Assured Response (Liberia). General Scaparrotti holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Education from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his work with The Cohen Group, General Scaparrotti sits on the boards iof the Atlantic Council and Patriot Foundation, and is a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University. Yoo Myung-hee served at the Ministries of Trade, Industry and Energy and Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea for nearly three decades before becoming Korea’s first female trade minister (2019-2021). In a variety of roles she designed and implemented Korea’s trade policy and negotiation strategies and led numerous bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations as Korea’s chief negotiator, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) and Korea’s free trade agreements with the United States and ASEAN. As trade minister, she contributed to international initiatives to ensure supply chain resilience and to address digital trade policy. She received her BA and MPA from Seoul National University and JD from Vanderbilt University Law School and currently teaches at the Graduate School of International Studies of Seoul National University. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1745-the-u-s-republic-of-korea-alliance-at-70-legacy-and-future
10/20/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Korean Economy Beyond the Crisis: Korea-US-China Economic Interdependence and Competition

October 18, 2023 - Join us for an in-person program with former Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Energy of the Republic of Korea Duck Koo Chung, also the Founder and Chairman of the NEAR Foundation (North-East Asia Research Foundation), as he recounts his time as a Deputy Minister of Finance during the 1997 IMF Crisis. Chung played a crucial part in Korea’s impressively rapid economic recovery as chief negotiator representing the Korean government with the IMF. This program will feature Chung’s reflections on Korea’s development in the 25 years since the crisis, and insights into the trajectory of Korean society and economy as the country navigates trade tensions between the U.S. and China. This conversation will be moderated by Korea Society President and CEO Tom Byrne. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1730-the-korean-economy-beyond-the-crisis-korea-us-china-economic-interdependence-and-competition
10/19/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 45 seconds
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How National Stories Shape Democracy in Asia

October 13, 2023 - Join us for this book talk with Dr. Aram Hur, who discusses Narratives of Civic Duty: How National Stories Shape Democracy in Asia. At a time when nationalism appears to be stoking regional conflicts and democratic backsliding in Asia and beyond, Dr. Hur's book argues for the positive capacity of nationalism. The book received the 2023 Robert A. Dahl Award from the American Political Science Association for "scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy" by an untenured scholar. Dr. Hur is the Kim Koo Chair in Korean Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She was the recipient of The Korea Society's Sherman Family Emerging Scholar Lecture Award in 2021. This program is a collaboration between The Korea Society's Policy Department and the Education Department, and is moderated by Linda Tobash, Senior Advisor for Education. The discussant is Dr. Darcie Draudt, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1680-how-national-stories-shape-democracy-in-asia
10/13/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 42 seconds
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Living a Balanced Life in a Capitalistic Society "A Veteran Wall Street Analyst's Views" with Soonkyu (SK) Shin

Recorded October 5, 2023 - The Korea Society, Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) and Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York are co-hosting the New York Korean Financial Forum. We are pleased to welcome Soonkyu (SK) Shin, who works on Wall Street as a credit analyst, to tell his newest story, an evolution of the theme of life's robustness that he has been writing about for the past few years. As part of an ongoing KIC forum, this program aims to share thoughts on various aspects of life from a finance professional’s perspective with a larger audience, including students, diverging from the usual format of sharing professional investment knowledge. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1733-living-a-balanced-life-in-a-capitalistic-society-a-veteran-wall-street-analyst-s-views
10/12/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 37 seconds
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Korean and English Bilingual Poetry Reading

October 6, 2023 - Three poets. Three translators. One conversation. Join us for an evening of bilingual poetry readings. Three poets - Moon Bo Young, Kim Liyoun, Kim Sono - along with three translators - Soje, Eunice Lee, Jenny Jisun Kim - explore the power of language to connect us with one another. Not as well known to many audiences, Korean poetry contains a rich and vibrant tradition that is yet to be understood. It is through the exchanging of dialogue, breath, and verse that the moment of Korean poetry is revealed. This program is a collaboration between The Korea Society’s Arts and Culture Department and Education Department and is moderated by Education Program Officer, Amanda Grant. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1719-korean-and-english-bilingual-poetry-reading
10/10/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 19 seconds
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Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government

Recorded September 27, 2023 - Join us for the launch of the Korean translation of Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government, a memoir written by the late Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. This program features William R. Rhodes, CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors and author of “Banker to the World,” which includes a foreword written by Volcker, and insights from Christine Harper, a member of Bloomberg’s editorial board, on Volcker’s extraordinary life and legacy. From his early days working in the Treasury Department, to his time in the Federal Reserve navigating the high inflation of the 1970s and 80s, Volcker’s thoughtful reflections on the importance of good government, stable finance, and stable prices continue to resonate in this new translation. This program is produced in partnership with Columbia University’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1716-keeping-at-it-the-quest-for-sound-money-and-good-government
10/5/202353 minutes, 43 seconds
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New Nuclear Dynamics of Northeast Asia

September 21, 2023 - Join us for a program that addresses the new nuclear dynamics of Northeast Asia produced in cooperation with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center. This panel discussion investigates how regional shifts in nuclear weapons capabilities and evolving doctrines affect the Korean Peninsula and beyond, with a focus on North Korea’s quickly developing nuclear and missile deterrent, the maturing nuclear capabilities of the People’s Republic of China, the US-ROK Alliance’s evolving nuclear posture, Russian aggression, and the role of trilateral US-Korea-Japan security cooperation. The panel consists of: Matthew Kroenig, Vice President and Senior Director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy, Markus Garlauskas, director of the new Indo-Pacific Security Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Dr. Sue Mi Terry, and Major Jessica Taylor, USAFR and Princeton University, in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1712-new-nuclear-dynamics-of-northeast-asia
9/21/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Sister: North Korea's Kim Yo Jong, The Most Dangerous Woman in the World

September 15, 2023 - Join us for the New York City book launch of The Sister: North Korea's Kim Yo Jong, The Most Dangerous Woman in the World. Hear from author Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee, Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. This newly released book chronicles the rise and importance of Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Dr. Lee describes Kim Yo Jong as “ruthless and incredibly dangerous… a princess by birth with great expectations for her macabre kingdom, she was brought up to believe it is her mission to reunite North Korea with the South or die trying.” For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1704-the-sister
9/15/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 5 seconds
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Behind the Scenes: Writing a Picture Book w/ Frances Cha & Aram Kim

September 13, 2023 - Join two Korean-American picture book writers as they discuss the many different layers of consideration, introspection, and deliberation that go into conceiving and writing picture books, and the importance of humor and diversity in children's literature. For many young readers, being able to see themselves reflected in the books they read is a profound experience. Seeing and reading accurate representations of one's own identity and culture provide a sense of visibility and relatability. Not only are diverse representations in children’s books important for children of color, but they’re important for all children, as they offer a chance to learn realities and experiences different from their own and to appreciate that difference. Frances Cha, the bestselling author of If I Had Your Face who has just written a humorous picture book about centuries-old dokkaebi journeying from Korea to modern New York, will be in conversation with Aram Kim, author, illustrator and designer of children's books, about writing and illustrating Korean-themed picture books for children. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1710-behind-the-scenes-writing-a-picture-book
9/14/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds
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Angie Kim: Happiness Falls

September 8, 2023 - When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another in this thrilling page-turner, a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of Miracle Creek. Full of shocking twists and fascinating questions of love, language, and human connection, Happiness Falls is a mystery, a family drama, and a novel of profound philosophical inquiry. With all the powerful storytelling she brought to her award-winning debut, Miracle Creek, Angie Kim turns the missing-person story into something wholly original, creating an indelible tale of a family who must go to remarkable lengths to truly understand one another. In her conversation with Susan Choi, Angie Kim discusses her second novel and career. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1708-angie-kim-happiness-falls-with-susan-choi
9/11/20231 hour, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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Chinese Views of North Korea's Uncertain Future

September 9, 2023 - Join us for a discussion featuring Dr. Sungmin Cho, professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, an academic institute of the US Department of Defense, based in Hawaii. Dr. Cho will present research that analyzes Chinese texts focusing on North Korea's regime stability, the country's uncertain future, and the potential unification of the Korean Peninsula. The research encompasses a review of 62 Chinese journal articles and 29 expert commentaries written by Chinese scholars. Cho explains how examining the writings of Chinese civilian scholars helps decipher Chinese strategic thinking, despite the presence of censorship. Cho also provides an analytic framework for Beijing's cost-benefit calculus regarding the potential unification of the Korean Peninsula, aiming to empower policymakers in Washington and Seoul to develop a more informed understanding and strategy. This program is a collaboration between The Korea Society's Policy Department and the Education Department, and is moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1707-chinese-views-of-north-korea-s-uncertain-future
9/8/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 9 seconds
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Interview with President and Global Chief Operating Officer, Hyundai Motor Company, José Muñoz

August 29, 2023 - Welcome to the latest installment of the Korea Society's Leadership Interview Series featuring José Muñoz, President and Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, who also serves as the President and CEO of Hyundai and Genesis Motor North America. President Muñoz is one of the most influential leaders in the auto industry. President Muñoz will look back at the roots of Hyundai Motor's remarkable story, discuss current developments, and provide insights into the future of the auto industry in the United States. He will also delve into the impacts of IRA and trade tensions on Hyundai's global business, its strategy to become one of the world's top EV manufacturers, and much more. Join us for this special opportunity to hear first-hand about his path to becoming a top executive at Hyundai and how he navigates the rapidly evolving industry landscape. This program was recorded on August 22 at Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley, CA. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1711-interview-with-jose-munoz
8/29/202359 minutes, 57 seconds
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The South Korea Nuclear Debate

August 22, 2023 - What motivates interest among the South Korean population and national security expert community in the potential development of an indigenous nuclear deterrent? How likely is Seoul to go in this direction? And if it does, what are the costs, benefits, and implications for its economy, the US-Korea Alliance, the region, and the nonproliferation regime? Dr. Clint Work, Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), Dr. Lami Kim, College of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Dr. Bee Yun Jo, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, and Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho, The College of New Jersey, discuss with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado and program officer Chelsie Alexandre.  For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1699-the-south-korea-nuclear-debate
8/23/202359 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Films of Kim Ki-young

July 19, 2023 - World-renowned South Korean directors, including Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon Ho, cite Kim Ki-young as being the greatest Korean influence on their work. When Yuh-Jung Youn won the best supporting actress award at the 2021 Oscars, she thanked Kim Ki-young, the “genius” director of the first film she starred in, 1971’s Woman of Fire. During his thirty year career, Kim Ki-young produced thirty-three films and became revered by critics within the national and international community as one of the few South Korean ‘auteurs’. As the first comprehensive scholarly volume on Kim Ki-young in English, ReFocus: The Films of Kim Ki-young covers his entire career and history of cinematic work, highlighting the thematic and stylistic singularity of Kim’s oeuvre, which was produced relative to the specific historical and cultural conditions of post-war South Korea. It offers an innovative departure point from which to explore South Korean film relative to the wider history of world cinema, in addition to situating Kim’s work within the broader fields of Korean modern history, transnational cinema and cultural studies. Join us for a conversation about Kim Ki-young's films and career with the contributors to this volume: Jason Bechervaise, Steve Choe, Chung-kang Kim, and Ariel Schudson. For more information, please visit the link: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1697-the-films-of-kim-ki-young
7/19/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dress History of Korea with Minjee Kim & Kyunghee Pyun

July 13, 2023 - Bringing together a wealth of primary sources and with contributions from leading experts, Dress History of Korea presents the most recent approaches to the interpretation of dress and fashion of Korea. Through close analysis of visual, written, and material sources—some newly excavated or recently re-discovered in global museums—the book reveals how dress and adornment evolved from the period of state formation to the modern era. As in other cultures, modern Korean fashion owes many of its styles to historic dress and this process of adaptation is explored within high fashion and popular culture contexts in ways that benefit historians, curators, and designers alike. Authors with a range of academic and curatorial experience discuss the close relation of dress and adornments to the socio-political and cultural history of Korea and place the dress history of Korea within broader contexts in studies of fashion, material culture, museology, and costume design. Join us for a conversation with Minjee Kim and Kyunghee Pyun, the editors of this anthology. Video version available here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCraL67-KoQ For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1696-dress-history-of-korea
7/14/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Behind the Headlines: Human Rights and Human Stories in North Korea

June 15, 2023 - What’s really happening in North Korea right now? The regime’s pandemic border closures have left diplomats and aid workers outside the country, making it even more difficult than normal for the outside world to understand the Kim regime’s decision making and the daily lives of ordinary North Korean people. Join us for a discussion that goes behind the headlines to explore human rights and human stories in North Korea, with four renowned experts at the front lines of journalism and advocacy. Hear from: Eiji Han Shimizu, Director of the animated movie True North, Kim Young Hwan, Senior Researcher of NK Net, Ishimaru Jiro, Director of Asia Press Osaka, Eun Kyoung Kwon, Director, NK Net. This program is moderated by Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1685-behind-the-headlines-human-rights-and-human-stories-in-north-korea
6/15/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 24 seconds
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Make Break Remix: The Rise of K-style with Fiona Bae

May 25, 2023 - K-pop, K-fashion, K-drama, K-beauty: over the past decade, K-style has exploded onto the global scene. What is behind this phenomenon? Where does K-style go from here? In Make, Break, Remix: The Rise of K-style, author and communications consultant Fiona Bae makes no attempt to define or categorize the movement, instead celebrating the eclectic and multifaceted nature of K-style and its home city of Seoul. Through interviews with sixteen tastemakers who are shaping K-style across creative sectors—from 1MILLION Dance Studio’s Lia Kim, rock band leader Hwang Soyoon, and world-famous tattoo artist Doy to drag performer Nana Youngrong Kim, Asia’s leading interior designer Teo Yang, and leading K-pop stylist Youngjin Kim (who has styled BTS, Kang Daniel, and NCT)—Bae tells untold stories from true insiders, exploring a sense of identity in their work, how living in Seoul affects them and their creative output, and the decade of changes that has brought about the current K-style. In her conversation with Frances Cha, Bae discusses the rise of K-style. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1678-make-break-remix-the-rise-of-k-style-with-fiona-bae
5/26/202354 minutes, 17 seconds
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FLAWLESS: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital with Elise Hu

May 23, 2023 - Seoul, South Korea makes Beverly Hills look like a one-stoplight town when it comes to the beauty rat race, and it’s getting more intense every year. Elise Hu spent four years in South Korea as NPR’s bureau chief, and during her tenure there, the K-beauty industry tripled to become a $10 billion industry. South Korea is home to more than 7,500 cosmetic and skincare manufacturers, and K-beauty has staked its claim as the future of skin care. With products that promise pore-less perfection, South Korea’s $10 billion beauty industry is a decade ahead of any other country in innovation and heralded by many industry professionals as the best when it comes to products, regimen, and end-results. Riding the pop culture “Korean wave” and marketed by K-pop superstars and global brands, K-beauty promises flawless skin and a soothing multi-step routine. You’ll find K-beauty products in any city around the world, and in the US, the biggest importer of K-beauty behind China, you can take your pick from hundreds of brands at stores from Nordstrom and Bloomingdales to Sephora and Target. But how did K-Beauty become the darling of the global skincare industry? And does the trend stop at creams and toners? Or are we in an appearance revolution that will permanently transform our faces and bodies towards a more aesthetically pleasing sameness? Elise Hu, NPR host-at-large and the host of TED Talks Daily, asked herself those questions after living and working in Seoul, the heart of the K-beauty industry. She delivers an audacious, journalistic exposé of the booming industry from the ground up in Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. In the book, Hu explores K-beauty’s undeniable success and shines a much-needed light on the darker ramifications of the impossible standards and pressures that drive its growth and their effects on women in a looks-obsessed patriarchy. In a conversation with Hannah Bae, Elise Hu discusses her book and her experience in Korea. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1672-flawless
5/25/202352 minutes, 14 seconds
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Hinge Points: An Inside Look at North Korea’s Nuclear Program

May 11, 2023 - Join us for a book talk with Dr. Siegfried Hecker, who discusses “his on-the-ground experience at the North's nuclear center at Yongbyon,” unpacking the ramifications of North Korea’s technical developments in the context of fateful foreign policy decisions by Washington, Seoul, and Pyongyang. Dr. Hecker describes how “successive U.S. administrations have been unable to prevent the North, with the weakest of hands, from becoming one of only three countries in the world that might target the United States with nuclear weapons.” The discussion also includes a consideration of developments to the approach addressed in the summit meeting between US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and the debate around the potential for South Korea to acquire an indigenous deterrent. This program is moderated by Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1675-hinge-points-an-inside-look-at-north-korea-s-nuclear-program
5/11/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds
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Interview with FILA Holdings Corporation & Acushnet Holdings Corporation Chairman Gene Yoon

May 3, 2023 - Join us for the latest episode of our Leadership Interview Series with FILA Holdings Corporation & Acushnet Holdings Corporation Chairman Gene Yoon, moderated by The Korea Society’s President & CEO Tom Byrne. Chairman Gene Yoon has a legendary story of success as a self-made businessman. His early career in business was a stepping stone that paved the way to his leveraged buyout of the global FILA brand in 2007. He brought the storied Italian-born brand back to life after taking the company public in Korea in 2010. Chairman Yoon will share inspiring lessons and insights learned from his remarkable career, guided by his entrepreneurial spirit. Chairman Yoon will recount his career milestones and how he achieved business successes against formidable odds. He currently serves as the Chairman of both FILA Holdings Corporation and Acushnet Holdings Corporation, which hold the trademarks for FILA as well as Titleist and FootJoy respectively. Under his leadership, he has propelled both firms to oversee leading global golf and sportswear brands. Chairman Yoon has received numerous accolades in his career and serves on the board of The Korea Society. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1659-interview-with-fila-acushnet-holdings-corporation-chairman-gene-yoon
5/4/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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Our future with AI: A Conversation with Prof. Jeongki Lim

Recorded April 27, 2023 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing field with the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives. However, the possible consequences of AI are bifold. While it has enabled dramatic improvements by achieving quick and efficient results, it also raises fears of the unknown. Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking YPN interview with Professor Jeongki Lim, a leading expert in transdisciplinary design. In this interactive program with Professor Lim, he walks through his career journey on how he landed on his current position and shares invaluable insights gained through his years of experience and research in the creative technology and design industry. Prof. Lim also explores how AI technologies have impacted creative industries and beyond, as well as the challenges and opportunities they have posed in shaping the future. This discussion is moderated by Tae Young Woo, Co-Founder and CEO of Finestra. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1664-ypn-a-conversation-with-prof-jeongki-lim-our-future-with-ai
5/1/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 49 seconds
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US-Korea Summit Analysis

April 28, 2023 - Join us for this conversation on the major diplomatic, security, and economic takeaways from the US-Korea Summit between US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. The Korea Society is joined by former ROK Minister for Trade Yeo Han-koo, Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. Katrin Katz and The Washington Post Seoul Bureau Chief Michelle Ye Hee Lee, in conversation with Korea Society President and CEO Tom Byrne. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1671-us-korea-summit-analysis
4/28/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds
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North Korea: Lessons Learned and Creative Thinking

April 27, 2023 - Join us for a discussion that aims to cultivate fresh ideas on America’s policy toward North Korea and coordination with ally South Korea by mobilizing a nuanced understanding of past lessons. The discussion includes consideration of developments to the approach addressed in the summit meeting between US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. The program features Professor Jeong-Ho Roh, Director of the Center for Korean Legal Studies, Jenny Town, Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center and the Director of Stimson's 38 North Program, and Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1669-north-korea-lessons-learned-and-creative-thinking
4/27/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds
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Kyung-Sook Shin with Jenny Wang Medina

April 13, 2023 - An instant bestseller in Korea and the follow up to the international bestseller, Please Look After Mom, I Went to See My Father by Kyung-Sook Shin centers on a woman’s efforts to reconnect with her aging father, uncovering long-held family secrets. More than just the portrait of a single man, I Went to See My Father opens a window onto humankind, family, loss, and war. With this long-awaited follow-up to Please Look After Mom—flawlessly rendered by award-winning translator Anton Hur—Kyung-Sook Shin has crafted an ambitious, global, epic, and lasting novel. In a rare personal appearance in the U.S., Kyung-Sook Shin will be joined by Jenny Wang Medina to discuss her latest novel. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1666-kyung-sook-shin-with-jenny-wang-medina
4/14/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
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The North Korean Cyber Threat

April 13, 2023 - Join us for a discussion about North Korea’s cyber threat, with Jean Lee, co-host of the BBC’s Lazarus Heist podcast and public policy fellow with the Wilson Center, and cybersecurity expert Michael Barnhart, who is currently with the threat intelligence firm Mandiant and was formerly Cyber Team Lead at the US Senate and signals intelligence collector in the intelligence community. The discussion is moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1662-the-north-korean-cyber-threat
4/13/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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Gina Chung: Sea Change

April 11, 2023 - A novel about a woman tossed overboard by heartbreak and loss, who has to find her way back to stable shores with the help of a giant Pacific octopus. Sea Change is an "absolutely stunning debut" novel —Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face—by Gina Chung. Ro is stuck. She’s just entered her thirties, she’s estranged from her mother, and her boyfriend has just left her to join a mission to Mars. Her days are spent dragging herself to her menial job at a mall aquarium, and her nights are spent drinking sharktinis (Mountain Dew and copious amounts of gin, plus a hint of jalapeno). With her best friend pulling away to focus on her upcoming wedding, Ro’s only companion is Dolores, a giant Pacific octopus who also happens to be Ro's last remaining link to her father, a marine biologist who disappeared while on an expedition when Ro was a teenager. When Dolores is sold to a wealthy investor intent on moving her to a private aquarium, Ro finds herself on the precipice of self-destruction. Wading through memories of her youth, Ro has one last chance to come to terms with her childhood trauma, recommit to those around her, and find her place in an ever-changing world. In a conversation with Frances Cha, Gina Chung talks about her debut novel. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1665-gina-chung-sea-change
4/12/202353 minutes, 27 seconds
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Global View Series: Agents of Subversion with Professor John Delury

Recorded March 3, 2023 - Join us for a conversation with Dr. John Delury, Professor of Chinese Studies at Yonsei University, on his new book, Agents of Subversion: The Fate of John T. Downey and the CIA's Covert War in China. This roundtable and pre-recorded video explores a Korean War era mission in China that went wrong, resulting in the 20-year imprisonment of an American operative named John T. Downey. "Agents of Subversion is an innovative work of transnational history, and it demonstrates both how the Chinese Communist regime used the fear of special agents to tighten its grip on society and why intellectuals in Cold War America presciently worried that subversion abroad could lead to repression at home." This program is moderated by Korea Society president & CEO Thomas Byrne. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1656-agents-of-subversion-with-professor-john-delury
3/7/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 56 seconds
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The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

February 16, 2023 - Join this discussion with Dr. Henry W. Brands, Professor and Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin, about his book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War. The book explores the tensions between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur as the Korean War escalates, threatening to boil over into another World War. This discussion is part of a collection of programs that mark the 70th anniversary of The Korean War Armistice Agreement and the signing of the U.S.-ROK Alliance. Professor Brands joins policy director Jonathan Corrado in conversation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1651-the-general-vs-the-president-macarthur-and-truman-at-the-brink-of-nuclear-war
2/16/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 19 seconds
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Consequences of Korea's Compressed Modernity

February 9, 2023 - Join our discussion about the consequences of Korea’s rapid economic development on the family unit and society at large, featuring Seoul National University sociology Professor Chang Kyung-Sup. This program is a collaboration with the Policy Department and the Education Department. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1631-consequences-of-korea-s-compressed-modernity
2/10/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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Heinz Insu Fenkl - Skull Water

February 7, 2023 - Twenty-five years in the making, Heinz Insu Fenkl's ambitious, darkly funny, sweeping novel SKULL WATER is a haunting inter-generational coming-of-age story that grapples with identity and displacement in South Korea in the 1950s and 1970s, and reveals a history both countries would prefer to conceal. Born in South Korea to a German father and a Korean mother, Fenkl grew up in Korea, Germany, and the U.S., and his own experience informs this deeply autobiographical novel. SKULL WATER is the story of Insu, the son of a Korean mother and a GI father in the U.S. Army, and the intertwined tale of his Korean Big Uncle, who has been exiled to a mountain cave near the family village to die from a gangrenous foot. Growing up near the army base in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Insu and his two best friends, also "half and halfs," spend their days skipping school, selling scavenged Western goods on the black market, and testing the boundaries between childhood and adulthood. When Insu hears an old legend that water collected from a dead person's skull will cure any sickness, he vows to collect some to heal Big Uncle's mysterious injury. His quest takes him and his friends on a sprawling journey into some of South Korea's darkest corners. Meanwhile, Big Uncle, a geomancer uprooted by the Korean War, has embraced his solitude and fate and attempts to teach his nephew that life is not limited to what we can see or think we know. In his interview with The New Yorker, Fenkl said; "It's a Korean folk belief that stories are meant to be told, and that if one keeps them to oneself and hoards them, there will be terrible consequences." Join us for a conversation with Heinz Insu Fenkl about his latest book. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1649-heinz-insu-fenkl-skull-water
2/8/20231 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food with Michelle Li

January 24, 2023 - Introduce children to Asian cuisine and the #VERYASIAN movement! Written by Michelle Li, A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food introduces young readers to classic and modern Korean dishes and provides fun facts about the foods and culture of Korea. Michelle Li is an award-winning, veteran journalist and co-founder of the Very Asian Foundation. She started a global movement of unity with the viral hashtag #veryasian after she received a racist voicemail in response to her sharing on-air the Korean foods she eats. She is a vocal advocate for the Asian American community and brings this same pride and energy for her culture to her debut children’s book. The book is the first in the Very Asian Guide series, a children’s book series that celebrates various Asian cuisines, and is published by Gloo Books, a new children’s book publishing company making books for a more inclusive, just and compassionate future. Join us for a conversation with Michelle Li. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1645-a-very-asian-guide-to-korean-food
1/25/202357 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bong Joon Ho: Dissident Cinema with Karen Han

January 17, 2023 - Bong Joon Ho: Dissident Cinema by culture writer and screenwriter Karen Han is the first definitive critical and visual survey of the Academy Award–winning South Korean writer/director who has been making critically acclaimed feature films for more than two decades. Brilliantly illustrated and designed by the London-based film magazine Little White Lies, this lush monograph surveys Bong’s full body of work, including his short films and music videos. The accompanying text by Karen Han, interviews with Bong’s key collaborators, and foreword by David Lowery (The Green Knight) flesh out the stories behind Bong’s films and explore his rise in the cultural eye of the West. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1642-bong-joon-ho-dissident-cinema-with-karen-han
1/18/202356 minutes, 8 seconds
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South Korea’s Demographic Challenge

January 12, 2023 - Join us for a discussion on the causes and consequences of South Korea’s shrinking birth rate, including its impact on social and civic relations, the economy, and the military, as well as an exploration of efforts to reverse the trend. This discussion features Washington Post reporter Min Joo Kim, Wall Street Journal reporter Dasl Yoon, University of Missouri Assistant Professor Dr. Aram Hur, and Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1636-south-korea-s-demographic-challenge
1/12/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 15 seconds
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YPN - Meet the Leaders of Venture Capital

Recorded December 7, 2022 - Did you know that leading tech companies, namely Apple, Google, and Microsoft, started their journey with venture capital funding? As many success stories suggest, venture capital is a key financial resource for startups’ emergence and growth. Join us for our upcoming YPN series featuring two leaders in venture capital – Bernard Moon, Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Group, and John Nahm, Co-founder & Managing Partner at Strong Ventures. Bernard and John have a lively discussion on topics helpful to aspiring entrepreneurs seeking timely advice, including their career highlights, their supervisory roles at the company, and how they managed to seek robust business growth. Moreover, they shed light on the current market trends and prospects for venture capital. Moderating this session is another leading venture capital specialist, Eddie Lee, a Partner at White Star Capital. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1634-young-professionals-network-meet-the-leaders-of-venture-capital
12/20/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 32 seconds
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Sijo: Korea’s Poetry Form to Korean Studies

December 19, 2022 - Join us as Lucy Park, Sejong Cultural Society Executive Director, and Elizabeth Jorgensen, writer and educator at Arrowhead High School in Wisconsin, share their insights into and passion for the ancient Korean poetry form, Sijo. Part of the Society’s Spotlight on Korean Studies in K-12 Schooling series, this talk will inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Sijo: Korea’s Poetry Form not only provides tips, techniques and sample lesson plans for teaching and writing Sijo, it also explores the history and beauty of the form. The authors ask, “With only three lines, and 46 syllables, how much can a poet fit within its confines?”, and answer, “a world of story and emotion!” In their talk they demonstrate the power of the form by showcasing award-winning modern sijos and accompanying illustrations by Wonsook Kim. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/education/item/1638-sijo-korea-s-poetry-form
12/19/202249 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Impact of the U.S. Midterms and the U.S.-Korea Alliance

2022 Korea Society Van Fleet Policy Signature Event - In Partnership with FMC Recorded December 8, 2022 - Join The Korea Society and Former Members of Congress (FMC) & the Congressional Study Groups for a dialogue with a bipartisan pair of Former Members of Congress to hear insights on the consequences of America’s midterm elections on the country at large and its dynamic relationship with South Korea. This conversation features former Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 2005-2013) and former Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL, 2013-2021), and is moderated by Korea Society President and CEO Thomas Byrne. The roundtable dialogue features input from policy and corporate professionals and is released as a pre-recorded video and podcast. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1632-the-impact-of-the-u-s-midterms-and-the-u-s-korea-alliance
12/14/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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National Identity Affirmation and Trust in Korea, Japan, and China - 2022 Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture with Eunbin Chung

November 28, 2022 - Join us for the Sixth Annual Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture! Eunbin Chung, Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and the 2022 Sherman Family Korea Scholar Lecture awardee, will address National Identity Affirmation and Trust in Korea, Japan, and China from a unique perspective. Legacies of conflict and distrust have made it difficult for East Asian countries to form regional institutions and overcome security dilemmas. Chung's research questions two conventional wisdoms related to these regional dynamics: 1) that distrust among states can be overcome through cultural convergence and appealing to a shared identity (such as the "European" identity developed through the creation of the EU) and 2) that strong, inward-focused national identities exacerbate inter-state distrust and conflict. Chung asks, Is this true? Do distinct national identities really impede international trust? Chung’s research advances the concept that trust not only can be built among nations when each affirms its own distinctive identity, but that this approach may be more effective than embracing common identities across different countries. Dr. Katrin Katz, the inaugural Sherman Family Lecture Award recipient and Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Society, describes Chung’s argument as “breaking new ground in tackling some prevailing beliefs regarding the relationship between national identity and levels of inter-state trust and conflict. Dr. Chung's work entails a hopeful message for East Asia and beyond: that emphasizing the favorable and distinctive traits of one's own country need not lead to antagonistic relations with neighbors.” Come hear more about Chung’s fascinating research on advancing productive dialogue in the region. Aram Hur, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri and our 2021 Sherman Family Lecture, awardee will introduce the lecture. The annual Sherman Family award and lecture, now in its sixth year, aims to grow U.S. thought leadership on Korea for a new generation. The award is presented across disciplines and to emerging thought leaders, from doctoral candidates to junior professors and respective research or non-profit professionals. The award is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sherman and family. You can view the presentations of former award winners at the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1392-2020-korea-emerging-scholar-lecture-awardee-announced Video version of this lecture with presentation slides can be seen at the link below: https://youtu.be/CvgZgVYTMt0 For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1627-sherman-family-korea-emerging-scholar-lecture-2022
12/9/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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Author Talks: Bora Chung

December 6, 2022 - Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and the winner of a PEN/Heim Grant, Cursed Bunny is the wildly original debut story collection from Bora Chung, a rising star of Korean literature. Published in the US for the very first time and translated by the acclaimed Anton Hur, Chung’s stories are modern fables for the internet age, offering biting critiques on the patriarchy, capitalism, politics, and the reign of big tech. Blending elements of horror, fantasy, surrealism and sci-fi, Chung creates an absurd, chilling universe that illuminates the ills of contemporary society. Mirroring the simple style of the fairy tales and legends of storytellers like The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christen Anderson, the ten stories of Cursed Bunny are imaginative, thought-provoking and deeply unsettling, destined to haunt readers for weeks after reading. In this episode of Author Talks, Bora Chung discusses her career in Korea and her English debut. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1635-author-talks-bora-chung
12/7/202239 minutes, 48 seconds
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Three Futures: North Korea and the Korean Peninsula

December 6, 2022 - A discussion on the most likely scenarios for the future of the Korean Peninsula, featuring: Korea Risk Group CEO Chad O’Carroll, NK News Director and Professor at Kookmin University Andrei Lankov, NK News Lead Correspondent Jeongmin Kim, and NK News Senior Analytic Correspondent Colin Zwirko, in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. Utilizing forecasts that rely on the trajectory of current conditions, the experts debate the best possible case, the worst possible case, and the most likely scenario. The experts also opine on how to avoid the most dangerous contingencies and create conditions for positive developments. Join us for this discussion informed by a rich tapestry of journalistic and academic inquiry. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1630-three-futures-north-korea-and-the-korean-peninsula
12/6/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 52 seconds
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Korea & FIFA World Cup

November 22, 2022 - South Korea holds the proud distinction of being the first independent Asian country to participate in a FIFA World Cup tournament in 1954. Still, Korea's success in soccer is forever linked with the 2002 World Cup: while co-hosting the tournament with Japan, Korea became the first team outside of Europe and America to reach the semi-finals. That event propelled Korea to the next stage in the world of soccer, as it became a home of world-class players, a robust professional soccer league, and the most dedicated fans. On the eve of Korea's eleventh total and tenth consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance in Qatar, join us for a conversation with Steve Han about the history of soccer in Korea. Steve Han is a journalist specializing in sports and entertainment. He is currently a chief editor for Korea at soccer editorial agency Ganassa, writing for FIFA+, Manchester City, and Borussia Dortmund. In addition to a 14-year career as a football writer at Goal between 2008 and March 2022, he has also freelanced for various publications, including FourFourTwo and Sports Chosun, and has appeared on BBC World News and Sky Sports. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1633-korea-fifa-world-cup
11/22/202246 minutes, 49 seconds
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Korean Peninsula Nuclear Update

October 25, 2022 - Join us for a discussion on North Korea's domestic and foreign policy trends and how they tie in with the latest developments of nuclear weapons and missiles on and around the Korean Peninsula. The discussion features Open Nuclear Network (ONN) Senior Analyst Rachel Minyoung Lee and Analysts Jaewoo Shin and Tianran Xu, and Lauren Sukin, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. Utilizing open source intelligence and satellite photos, as well as findings from academic inquiry, the experts unpack how new and developing weapons impact the security environment in Northeast Asia. This program is produced in partnership with Columbia University’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1604-korean-peninsula-nuclear-update
10/25/20221 hour, 59 seconds
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KPOP: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

October 24, 2022 - As global superstars put everything on the line for a special one-night-only concert, they face struggles both cultural and personal that threaten to dismantle one of the industry’s hottest labels. Featuring a cast of K-pop and musical theater stars, with 18 Broadway debuts, KPOP is a multimedia experience that explores the relentless discipline, raw talent, and commercial ambition behind the international sensation. KPOP has the distinction of being the first musical on Broadway celebrating Korean culture and it is the third Broadway musical that highlights API heritage with API representation in the cast and creative team. Join us for a conversation with the creative team behind the scene and cast members as they prepare to make their Broadway debut. About the Speakers: HELEN PARK (Music & Lyrics, Music Production & Arrangements) is best known for her work as composer-lyricist and music producer for the upcoming Broadway musical, KPOP, for which she is a three-time Drama Desk nominee and recipient of a Lucille Lortel Award and Richard Rodgers Award. Additionally, Park co-wrote songs for the Oscar-nominated Netflix animated musical film Over the Moon, directed by Academy Award-winning animator Glen Keane. She holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program and is an alumnus of the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. BOHYUNG (Tiny) is proud to be making her Broadway debut in KPOP. She is a veteran K-Pop star, debuting as a member of SPICA as well as performing as a solo artist. She has performed at KCON LA, KCON Abu Dhabi, Rainbow Festival, Immortal Songs, King of Mask Singer, amongst others. @bohyungkim KEVIN WOO (Jun Hyuk) is honored to make his Broadway debut in KPOP. As a successful Korean-American singer-songwriter and former member of K-pop boy band U-KISS, he dedicates this to his South Korean heritage. @kevinwoo_official For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1623-kpop-the-broadway-musical
10/25/202253 minutes, 58 seconds
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Quick Take on Korea with Rob Rapson, former Chargé d'Affaires of U.S. Embassy Seoul

October 19, 2022 - This Quick Take on Korea discussion covers the latest issues impacting South Korea, the U.S.-Korea Relationship, and North Korea, with expert insights from Rob Rapson, former Chargé d'Affaires of U.S. Embassy Seoul. Robert Rapson is a former senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer whose 39-year diplomatic career spanned the Indo-Pacific region from Korea and Japan to Southeast Asia, India and Afghanistan. As Chargé d'Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission, led, managed, and motivated large multicultural U.S. Embassies in Seoul, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur to advance significant U.S. political, economic, commercial, security, law enforcement, and public diplomacy interests with those countries and across the Asia region during periods of major political transition and crisis. A recognized Korea/East Asia expert and skilled advocate, negotiator, team builder, strategic planner, editor and communicator who navigates with ease across senior-most levels of foreign governments, the corporate sector, and public audiences.
10/19/202223 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Conversation with Su Cho

October 11, 2022 - How do our stories transform as they are passed down to each generation? Prize-winning poet Su Cho explores the legacies of language and lore in her unforgettable debut collection, The Symmetry of Fish. Selected by Space Struck author Paige Lewis for the National Poetry Series, these poems trace the narratives and phrases of a Korean American immigrant family with absorbing tenderness and curiosity. Cho threads stories of food and folktales through her meditations on joy, grief, friendship, faith, and coming of age in the middle of nowhere. This inventive debut illuminates how language is not lost over generations but distilled into potency— continuously remade, hitched to new associations, and capable of blooming anew. In this conversation, Su Cho discusses her debut collection and the emerging tradition of Korean-American poetry. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1614-a-conversation-with-su-cho
10/12/202256 minutes, 11 seconds
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Message in a Bottle: Broadcasting to North Korea

October 6, 2022 - Join us for this discussion about the outside world’s attempts to reach the North Korean population through media, with Dong Hyuk Lee, Chief of Voice Of America’s Korean Service, and Dr. Jieun Baek, Fellow with the Korea Project and the Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1603-message-in-a-bottle-broadcasting-to-north-korea
10/6/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 42 seconds
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U.S.-ROK Alliance: The Road Ahead

September 23, 2022 - Join us for this expert panel discussion on the U.S.-ROK Alliance, featuring former National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Allison Hooker, Korea Society Board Chair Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen Stephens, and Korea Society Van Fleet senior fellow Dr. Katrin Katz, and moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado. How can the U.S. and South Korea work together to pursue shared objectives in an increasingly fraught and complex security environment? To optimize the approach, what adaptations or evolutions are needed to the shared diplomatic, economic, and security agenda? This program was made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation and our corporate sponsors. For more information about our supporters, please refer to our webpage here. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1602-u-s-rok-alliance-the-road-ahead
9/23/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 13 seconds
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North Korea-China Relations after The Singapore Summit

September 6, 2022 - Join us for this roundtable and podcast recording on North Korea-China Relations after The Singapore Summit, with Dr. Seong-Hyon Lee, senior fellow at the George H. W. Bush Foundation and a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. In conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado, Dr. Lee’s talk explores the evolving relationship between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with a special focus on the time period between the U.S.-DPRK Summits in Singapore (June 2018) and Hanoi (February 2019). Dr. Lee scrutinizes documentary footage of the summits, reviews official Chinese and North Korean documents, and utilizes interviews with people in the know to reveal how Xi gradually increased his influence over Kim through their five summit meetings between March 2018 and June 2019. The talk concludes with some policy implications for the North Korean nuclear issue under the current Biden-Xi administrations. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1611-north-korea-china-relations-after-the-singapore-summit
9/7/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
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YPN - A Conversation with Enuma CEO Sooinn Lee

September 1, 2022 - Still today, education remains inaccessible to millions of children across the globe. In meeting their educational needs, extensive technology use has become helpful in expanding the quality learning environment. This Young Professionals' Network program features Sooinn Lee, the Co-Founder and CEO of Enuma, Inc. Founded in 2012, Enuma has developed multiple award-winning digital learning platforms for youth and children, including those from under-resourced environments. Join us for a timely conversation with Sooinn as she will discuss her ongoing work and achievements in providing children of various backgrounds with high-quality education, along with her far-reaching vision and goals. This discussion will be moderated by Jay Oh, Senior Director of Arts and Culture of The Korea Society. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1600-a-conversation-with-enuma-ceo-sooinn-lee
9/1/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 47 seconds
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Korea Society in Atlanta - The New Comprehensive US-Korea Economic Partnership, GDED Commissioner Pat Wilson, and SEUSKCC president Jae Kim

Recorded July 14, 2022 - We are pleased to share the audio from our National Outreach program in Atlanta. On July 14, 2022, The Korea Society hosted "The Comprehensive, Strategic U.S.-Korea Alliance," a conference in Atlanta, Georgia produced in partnership with the Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce. This event was held at the Commerce Club Atlanta. The conference was the rollout of a strategic initiative of the Society to highlight the diplomatic, security, business and investment aspects of the multifaceted, dynamic U.S.-Korea relationship. It was composed of keynote speeches, two morning panels, a luncheon, and a closing reception. The conference served to connect the local Atlanta and the wider Southeast U.S. audience with high-impact speakers who provided insights on a series of engaging topics. We hope you enjoy! PANEL TWO DISCUSSION Moderator Professor William I. Sauser, Jr. PhD, Auburn University Harbert College of Business Panelists Athar Khan, Director of International Specialty Sales, Delta Air Lines Stuart Countess, President & CEO, Kia Georgia Steven Jahng, Director/Head of External Affairs/Social Value, SK Battery America, Inc. Yoonie Kim, Director, Korean Investment, Georgia Department of Economic Development KEYNOTE ADDRESS Pat Wilson, Commissioner for Georgia Department of Economic Development CLOSING REMARKS Jae Kim, President, The Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1592-the-comprehensive-strategic-u-s-korea-alliance
8/3/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 26 seconds
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Korea Society in Atlanta - Security and Diplomacy with Amb. (R.) Charles Shapiro, Gen. (R.) Vincent K. Brooks, and Major General Lee KyungKoo

Recorded July 14, 2022 - We are pleased to share the audio from our National Outreach program in Atlanta. On July 14, 2022, The Korea Society hosted "The Comprehensive, Strategic U.S.-Korea Alliance," a conference in Atlanta, Georgia produced in partnership with the Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce. This event was held at the Commerce Club Atlanta. The conference was the rollout of a strategic initiative of the Society to highlight the diplomatic, security, business and investment aspects of the multifaceted, dynamic U.S.-Korea relationship. It was composed of keynote speeches, two morning panels, a luncheon, and a closing reception. The conference served to connect the local Atlanta and the wider Southeast U.S. audience with high-impact speakers who provided insights on a series of engaging topics. We hope you enjoy! PANEL ONE - SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY Moderator Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Shapiro, Senior Advisor, The Pendleton Group of consultants Panelists General (Ret.) Vincent K Brooks, Former United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / US Forces Korea Commander Major General Lee KyungKoo, Republic of Korea Defense Attaché For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1592-the-comprehensive-strategic-u-s-korea-alliance
8/2/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 53 seconds
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Korea Society in Atlanta - Intro with Society president Tom Byrne, Senator Jon Ossoff, Consul General Yoonjoo Park, and State Department Korea Director Scott Walker

Recorded July 14, 2022 - We are pleased to share the audio from our National Outreach program in Atlanta. On July 14, 2022, The Korea Society hosted "The Comprehensive, Strategic U.S.-Korea Alliance," a conference in Atlanta, Georgia produced in partnership with the Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce. This event was held at the Commerce Club Atlanta. The conference was the rollout of a strategic initiative of the Society to highlight the diplomatic, security, business and investment aspects of the multifaceted, dynamic U.S.-Korea relationship. It was composed of keynote speeches, two morning panels, a luncheon, and a closing reception. The conference served to connect the local Atlanta and the wider Southeast U.S. audience with high-impact speakers who provided insights on a series of engaging topics. We hope you enjoy! For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1592-the-comprehensive-strategic-u-s-korea-alliance
8/1/202235 minutes, 38 seconds
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JOHN CHO

July 19, 2022 - As one of the first Korean American actors to blaze a unique path through cultural and business barriers into the mainstream, John Cho’s esteemed career has spanned over two decades with compelling performances across film and television. Cho is also a former 7th-grade English teacher who grew up as a Korean immigrant kid in Texas and East L.A. (among many other places). This spring, he became an instant New York Times bestselling author when he published Troublemaker, an incredible middle grade novel highlighting the unique Korean American perspective as 12-year-old Jordan navigates the evening of the 1992 LA Riots. In this conversation with The Korea Society, Cho discusses his debut novel and career. “The novel weaves together large-scale issues of social injustice and interracial barriers with the intimate pain— and joy—of personal relationships. Equal parts suspenseful and emotionally insightful.” — Kirkus Reviews “A gripping work of historical fiction. . . Exploring a significant historical event, the authors create an accessible yet emotionally complex read.” – Publishers Weekly For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1594-john-cho
7/19/202249 minutes, 6 seconds
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K-Global Vaccine Hub with Dr. Jerome Kim and Dr. Manki Song

July 13, 2022 - As part of our ‘Korea and Coronavirus Series,’ The Korea Society will again host a conversation with Dr. Jerome Kim, Director General of International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and Tom Byrne, The Korea Society’s President/CEO. Dr. Manki Song, Deputy Director General of IVI will also join the interview. The speakers will focus on South Korea’s efforts on becoming a ‘K -Global Vaccine Hub,’ a new initiative to strengthen vaccine capabilities on COVID-19 as well as future pandemics. They will also highlight IVI’s continuous journey on overcoming the pandemic and its future plans on building public safety. This program will be recorded at IVI in Seoul when President Byrne visits South Korea in late June. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1593-discussion-on-k-global-vaccine-hub-with-dr-jerome-kim-and-dr-manki-song
7/19/202242 minutes, 56 seconds
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Catching the K-Investment Wave in the USA

June 16, 2022 - The United States and South Korea have a well-established “gold standard” Free Trade Agreement. Now, as international economic relationships are shifting to strategic frameworks and concerns over supply-chain robustness and resiliency, Korean investment in the U.S is gaining attention and transforming the bilateral relationship into a new dynamic. The upcoming President’s Interview Series led by Tom Byrne, the President and CEO of The Korea Society will feature the representatives from three states for an in-depth conversation: Andrew Deye, Vice President, Head of Strategy at JobsOhio, Harry M. Lightsey III, Secretary of Commerce of South Carolina Department of Commerce, and Pat Wilson, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development. The panelists will discuss the significance of the new wave of Korean direct investment in the United States. They will also cover the business, economic and political angles of the investment in each state, and how this is contributing to the "comprehensive and strategic" partnership between the U.S. and Korea. This program is made possible by the support from JobsOhio. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1591-catching-the-k-investment-wave-in-the-usa
6/16/202241 minutes, 11 seconds
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KA YA! Korean-American YA Novels & Authors

June 15, 2022 - Meet the new generation of Korean American young adult novelists. Drawing inspiration from the Korean pop culture they grew up consuming and their personal journey as immigrant kids, these authors offer refreshing and compelling representations on myriads of subject matters, from intergenerational struggles and family bonds to identity issues. And they are conquering the bestseller lists while offering a mirror to the generations of young readers that they themselves did not have. Join our conversation with Claire Ahn, Kat Cho and Mary H. K. Choi, as they discuss the popularity of YA novels featuring Korean and Korean-American characters, the changing perception in the publishing industry regarding Asian American YA novels, and their remarkable stories. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1587-ka-ya-korean-american-ya-novels-authors
6/16/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 15 seconds
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Shrimp to Whale: South Korea’s Extraordinary Transformation

June 7, 2022 - King's College London Professor of International Relations, KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance, Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident) at CSIS, and Non-resident Fellow at Sejong Institute Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo discusses his new book Shrimp to Whale, which provides an account of South Korea’s extraordinary transformation from “the ashes of colonialism, partition and a devastating war” into “a boisterous democracy, a vibrant market economy, a tech powerhouse, and home to the coolest of cultures.” Please enjoy a 25% discount on pre-orders on the book with code DISTRO25 on this link here. This program was made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation and our corporate sponsors. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1573-shrimp-to-whale-south-korea-s-extraordinary-transformation
6/8/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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Young Professionals' Network - Eun Sun Kim

May 26, 2022 - Recently named The New York Times 2021 Breakout Star in Classical Music, Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim is the Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera. The first woman to serve as music director of one of America's largest opera companies, she is "making history while ensuring the future of classical music in a digital age," as The New York Times declared. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1582-eun-sun-kim
5/26/202250 minutes, 14 seconds
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Marie Myung-Ok Lee with Frances Cha

May 24, 2022 - Chances are, you’ve read something you loved by the talented and prolific Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Her stories, criticism, and essays on everything from Picnicking in North Korea to navigating her son’s disability have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Paris Review, and The Guardian, among others. She’s the author of the acclaimed novel Somebody’s Daughter and the YA classic, Finding My Voice. A sharp observer, a masterful storyteller, and an extraordinary and bitingly funny stylist, Lee uses those talents here to reveal the world we live in and imagine the world we could live in, too, in her latest novel The Evening Hero. In The Evening Hero Lee wrestles with big questions and big themes: how war trauma insinuates itself between the generation of immigrants and their American-born children; the dire state of medical care in the US—from rural hospital closures to crazy, high-end shopping mall medicine; and what it means to be a good Korean, a good American, a good human. And she shows us that it’s never too late to become a hero. In a conversation with Frances Cha, Lee talks about her illustrious career and her latest novel. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1581-marie-myung-ok-lee-with-frances-cha
5/25/202256 minutes, 47 seconds
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Peter Serpico: Learning Korean with Eric Kim

May 19, 2022 - Born in Seoul and raised in Maryland, Peter Serpico’s route to Korean food came long after making a name for himself in New York City restaurants. His first bites of marinated short ribs and black bean noodles tasted like home, and a love affair with the flavors and techniques of his birthplace began. Written with Drew Lazor, Serpico's debut cookbook Learning Korean: Recipes for Home Cooking draws from his decades of professional cooking experience to elevate the greatest hits of at-home Korean dishes. In this insightful and endearing cookbook, new flavors, techniques, and ways to enjoy one of the world’s greatest cuisines are revealed by Serpico, chef and father. In a conversation with Eric Kim, the New York Times bestselling author of Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home, Serpico discusses his career and his debut cookbook. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1580-peter-serpico-learning-korean-with-eric-kim
5/20/202247 minutes, 15 seconds
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State, Society, and Markets in North Korea with Professor Andrew Yeo

May 13, 2022 - Join us for this discussion on North Korea's evolving economy, state, and society with Dr. Andrew Yeo, the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at The Brookings Institution and Professor of Politics, Catholic University of America. Yeo's new book, State, Society, and Markets in North Korea, examines the extent and limitations of reform and development under leader Kim Jong Un, arguing that, "situational factors will continue to complicate the country’s future domestic prospects." This live webcast discussion is in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. This program was made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation and our corporate sponsors. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1579-state-society-and-markets-in-north-korea
5/13/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 13 seconds
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South Korea and a Regional Order in Flux

May 12, 2022 - Amid intensifying U.S.-China strategic competition, a shifting Indo Pacific regional order, and an undaunted North Korea that continues to develop its nuclear weapons and missile programs, how can South Korea maximize its opportunities and defend against threats? Join us for this conversation about South Korea and a Regional Order in Flux with Dr. Andrew Yeo, SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at The Brookings Institution and Professor of Politics, Catholic University of America, and Dr. Patricia Kim, David M. Rubenstein Fellow at The Brookings Institution, moderated by Korea Society Van Fleet senior fellow Dr. Katrin Katz. This program was made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation and our corporate sponsors. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1578-south-korea-and-a-regional-order-in-flux
5/12/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 3 seconds
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"Queerness" as an Embodied and Critical Approach to Korean Studies with Todd Henry

May 10, 2022 - Join us as Dr. Todd A. Henry, Associate Professor in the Department of History and affiliate faculty member of Critical Gender Studies, Science Studies, and Film Studies at the University of California, San Diego (USCD), launches the Society’s new Current Directions in Korea Studies Series. Dr. Henry, a specialist of modern Korea, a social and cultural historian, and an expert in LGBTQ studies, is well-suited to launch our new series. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the inaugural director of Transnational Korean Studies at UCSD and has researched, lectured, and written extensively on topics of place, race, identity, and nation. From his first book, Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 (University of California Press, 2014) — the Korean translation of which was awarded a 2020 Sejong Book Prize in History, Geography and Tourism — to his recent edited volume, Queer Korea (Duke University Press, 2020), as well as two forthcoming books and a co-produced documentary on queer histories of authoritarian South Korea (1948-1993), Dr. Henry has been a groundbreaking scholar and an empowering educator in the field. A frontrunner in promoting explorations of same-sex sexuality, gender variance, and other marginalized aspects of Korean society, culture, and history, Dr. Henry will examine how the field in general and his path specifically have evolved over the past few decades. He will discuss current scholarly, artistic, and activist approaches to non-normative embodiment, including the journey and impact of Queer Korea and his hopes for the future of Korean Studies. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/education/item/1583-queerness-as-an-embodied-and-critical-approach-to-korean-studies-with-todd-henry
5/10/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 18 seconds
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Building Resilience: AAPI Identity and Mental Health

May 1, 2022 - A great deal of stigma remains on conversations regarding mental health. Among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, the issue is often shrouded by silence and shame, allowing misconceptions and minimization of mental health concerns. Amid historic levels of anti-Asian violence, it is crucial to recognize the intergenerational trauma from immigration and racism and share stories that show the fullness of the AAPI experience in order to educate and form alliances. Join us for an illuminating conversation with Dr. Shinhee Han, psychotherapist and co-author of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans, and journalist Heidi Shin. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1575-building-resilience-aapi-identity-and-mental-health
5/4/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Conversation with Yoon Choi

April 28, 2022 - A long-married couple is forced to confront their friend’s painful past when a church revival comes to a nearby town … A woman in an arranged marriage struggles to connect with the son she hid from her husband for years … A well-meaning sister unwittingly reunites an abuser with his victims. Skinship by Yoon Choi is a breathtaking debut of an important new voice. Through an indelible array of lives, Yoon Choi explores where first and second generations either clash or find common ground, where meaning falls in the cracks between languages, where relationships bend under the weight of tenderness and disappointment, where displacement turns to heartbreak. This collection of short stories is suffused with a profound understanding of humanity and offers a searing look at who the people we love truly are. “To encounter these achingly truthful, beautiful stories of newcomer Americans is like gazing up at the starry vault of a perfect night sky; it’s immediately dazzling and impressive, and yet the closer and deeper you look, the more you appreciate the sheer countless brilliance.” —Chang-rae Lee Maureen Corrigan/Fresh Air Top 10 Book of the Year ● Longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection ● An NPR Book Best Book of the Year ● A Kirkus Best Book of the Year For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1556-a-conversation-with-yoon-choi
4/30/202254 minutes, 17 seconds
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US-Korea-China Relations

April 28, 2022 - With strategic competition between the United States and China intensifying and a new South Korean President set to shift Seoul’s foreign policy preferences, join us for this discussion on US-Korea-China relations, featuring: Dr. Seong-Hyon Lee, Harvard University Fairbank Center visiting scholar and Former Director of Sejong Institute Center for Chinese Studies, Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center, Daniel Russel, Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute, and Dr. Katrin Katz, Korea Society Van Fleet Senior Fellow, moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado. This program is produced in collaboration with Asia Society Policy Institute. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1574-us-korea-china-relations
4/28/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 9 seconds
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Busan's Bid for World Expo 2030 with Ambassador Enna Park

April 27, 2022 - Join us for this exciting presentation by Ambassador Enna Park about Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo. Officially known as International Registered Exhibitions, World Expos are a global gathering of nations dedicated to finding solutions to pressing challenges by offering a journey inside a universal theme through engaging and immersive activities. Korea became one of five candidates to host the World Expo after submitting its bid in June 2021. The other candidates are Moscow, Odessa, Rome, and Ryadh. The host country will be determined by the 170 BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) Member States in 2023, with each country casting one vote. Busan’s bid is based on the theme “Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future.” Busan is a global hub of both commerce and culture. This city is a transportation and logistics hub for Northeast Asia and its vibrant atmosphere is an incubator for artists such as musicians and filmmakers. In the future, Busan seeks to become an eco-friendly, smart city that harnesses Korea’s advanced digital technologies. Busan’s openness, diversity, and inclusivity make it the ideal host for the 2030 World Expo. If the bid succeedes, the Expo will take place in the city of Busan between May and October 2030. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1576-busan-s-bid-for-world-expo-2030-with-ambassador-enna-park
4/27/202235 minutes, 44 seconds
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Interview with CJ Group Chairman Kyung Shik Sohn

April 19, 2022 - The Korea Society is pleased to invite Mr. Kyung Shik Sohn, Chairman of CJ Group, for a conversation with the Society’s President/CEO Tom Byrne. In this upcoming episode of our President’s Interview Series, Chairman Sohn will discuss his remarkable success in growing CJ’s diversified businesses domestically and globally, and how CJ is managing an increasingly challenging global business climate. He will also inform us on his contributions to forging stronger U.S.-Korea ties. Chairman Sohn will also talk about his remarkable career and his vision as one of the most respected and influential leaders in the Korean business community. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1570-interview-with-cj-group-chairman-kyung-shik-sohn
4/19/202238 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hanbok: A New Lexicon of World Fashion - Men’s Hanbok

April 7, 2022 - Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok - the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing - was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of Korean textile and fashion in the U.S., illustrates and elucidates hanbok in sartorial, socio-cultural, and historical contexts. In the second lecture of the series, Dr. Kim discusses some distinctive qualities of men's hanbok in comparison with other dress traditions; terminologies of the components and their structural parts; colors, materials, and embellishments; and symbols and ideas behind design principles and ways of dress. YouTube video with slides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2-MFWJJn7s For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1560-hanbok-a-new-lexicon-of-world-fashion-men-s-hanbok
4/8/202259 minutes, 35 seconds
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K-Startups: Empowering the Future of Young Entrepreneurs

April 6, 2022 - Do you wonder what it takes and how to build success as an entrepreneur? Although interested, do you find running a startup company quite intimidating? If your answer is yes, join us for our upcoming Young Professionals’ Network program and take your passion to the next level. The Korea Society is delighted to host a panel discussion featuring three successful Korean American entrepreneurs and startup expert – Ryan Kim (Founder and CEO, Kim’C Market), Sol Park (Managing Director, Korea International Trade Association) and Jun Yoon (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Culinary Agents and Vice President, Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE). The discussion will be led by moderator Sang Lee, President of KSE and CEO of VegaX and Konstellation. In this event, the panelists will spark thought-provoking conversations and inspire a new generation of leaders. They will delve into the realities, challenges, and success they experienced building their entrepreneurial ventures. The discussion will also provide the most important, transformative advice reflecting current K-startup business trends and success stories and share tactical strategies for new Korean businesses in building a solid ground in the US. Come open-minded, find your potential, and kick start your entrepreneurial journey. The Korea Society is excited to present this Young Professionals’ Network in partnership with the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE). This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1568-k-startups-empowering-the-future-of-young-entrepreneurs
4/8/202258 minutes, 19 seconds
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Pyonghattan: Escapees from North Korea’s Capital

March 31, 2022 - Sibling defectors from Pyongyang Seohyun Lee and Hyun-Seung Lee discuss their life in North Korea, their journey to escape, and their transition to life in the United States, alongside Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) President & CEO Hannah Song, in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. Hyunseung and Seohyun Lee are prominent North Korean activists and siblings. They're the children of Ri Jong-ho, a high ranking North Korean defector who worked for decades in “Office 39,” which generates revenue for the North Korean leadership. Hyun-Seung and Seohyun were raised in Pyongyang, educated in China, and escaped North Korea in 2014 with their family after witnessing a series of brutal purges by Kim Jong Un. They speak to their experience as millennials from Pyongyang and share the true nature of the Kim regime and the reality of life in North Korea. The event marks the anniversary of the February 2014 publication of the historic UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This program is made possible by the generous support from the Korea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1548-pyonghattan-escapees-from-north-korea-s-capital
4/1/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 14 seconds
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Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home with Eric Kim

March 29, 2022 - New York Times staff writer Eric Kim grew up in Atlanta, the son of two Korean immigrants. Food has always been central to his story, from Friday-night Korean barbecue with his family to hybridized Korean-ish meals for one that he makes in his tiny New York City apartment. In his debut cookbook, Kim shares these recipes alongside insightful, touching stories and stunning images shot by photographer Jenny Huang. Playful, poignant, and vulnerable, Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home explores how new culinary traditions can be forged to honor both your past and your present. In a conversation with Irene Yoo, Kim discusses his career in food writing and his debut cookbook. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1567-korean-american-food-that-tastes-like-home-with-eric-kim
3/30/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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Women in Higher Education: A Discussion with Dr. Eun Mee Kim & Dr. Sian Leah Beilock

March 22, 2022 - Womens’ Universities have emerged as premier institutions in higher education, amplifying womens’ voices from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. In the fourth installation of our Womens’ Leadership Series, please join us at The Korea Society to hear from Dr. Eun Mee Kim, President of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and Dr. Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College in New York City. They will share their experiences as presidents of two eminent women's colleges with long traditions in providing the highest-quality of liberal arts education, and they will also share their visions as thought leaders in new fields, new ideas and new technologies emerging in higher education in Korea and the U.S. The conversation will be moderated by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea and Korea Society Board Chair. Thomas Byrne, President and CEO of The Korea Society will deliver special welcoming remarks. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1566-women-in-higher-education-a-discussion-with-dr-eun-mee-kim-dr-sian-leah-beilock
3/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 8 seconds
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Interview with ROK Trade Minister Yeo Han-Koo

Recorded on Friday, March 18, 2022 March 15, 2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). In celebration of this remarkable milestone, The Korea Society invites ROK Minister for Trade Yeo Han-koo for a conversation with Korea Society President Tom Byrne. The discussion assesses the achievements of the first decade of the KORUS FTA and the broader effects it has had on the Korea-U.S. bilateral relationship. It also examines future prospects of the two countries’ trade relationship and the deepening of the economic partnership between the two countries, while also examining the evolution of the trade architecture in the Indo-Pacific region. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1564-interview-with-rok-trade-minister-han-koo-yeo
3/21/202253 minutes, 54 seconds
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YPN - The Showrunners with Soo Hugh and Ria Tobaccowala

March 8, 2022 - Soo Hugh, an acclaimed producer/writer and executive producer of Pachinko, one of the most anticipated drama series of 2022, talks about her career in television and the journey of adapting the bestselling novel into a series. Hugh will also be joined by Ria Tobaccowala, with whom she has launched The Thousand Miles Project, an incubator program to help bring more API stories to cinematic life and jumpstart fruitful careers in the entertainment industry. Pachinko, which premiers on Apple TV+ in late March, is based on the international best-selling novel of the same name. Epic in scope but intimate in tone, the series chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. It begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell the unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning. The Korea Society Young Professionals’ Night program consists of industry professionals who share their career experiences and advice with the audience. It provides a wonderful opportunity for networking, and all professionals seeking to expand their careers are encouraged to come. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1561-the-showrunners-with-soo-hugh-and-ria-tobaccowala
3/9/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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Korea's Presidential Election: Forecast and Impact Analysis

March 7, 2022 - In advance of the Republic of Korea 2022 presidential election, the eighth since Korea’s democratization, The Korea Society invites experts in Seoul for a live webcast discussion with a forecast and impact analysis. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Seoul/Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post, Karl Friedhoff, Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asian Studies at The Chicago Council, Jeongmin Kim, Lead Correspondent at NK News and NK Pro, and Dr. Katrin Katz, Korea Society’s Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow, join policy director Jonathan Corrado to discuss the implications of the vote for Korea, the U.S.-ROK Alliance and relationship, inter-Korean relations, and coordination on North Korea policy. This program is made possible by the generous support from the Korea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1559-korea-s-presidential-election-forecast-and-impact-analysis
3/7/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 18 seconds
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Support of COVID-19 Vaccines to North Korea by the US and the International Community

February 24, 2022 - A Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) Live Seminar on the New Economy of Korean Peninsula featuring Korea Society President Tom Byrne as panelist. Date & Time: February 24th, Thursday, 08:45–16:10 (KST) Venue: Grand Hyatt Seoul, Seoul (Online). Sponsor: Ministry of Unification. Full length seminar is available at KIEP's YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5AnUAeQKG8 For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.kiep.go.kr/
2/25/202221 minutes, 46 seconds
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Korean Smart Power

February 23, 2022 - Join us for this discussion of Korean Smart Power, exploring opportunities and obstacles for Korea to leverage its cultural influence to advance its national interests, featuring Bernie Cho, President of DFSB Kollective, Jenna Gibson, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, John Delury, Yonsei University Professor, and Victoria Kim, former LA Times correspondent, in discussion with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. In a wide ranging conversation spanning regions and industries, the panelists discuss the role of Seoul’s music, film, television, and education sectors in expanding Korean influence and prestige throughout its neighborhood and the world at large, as well as the impact this has for Korea’s diplomatic and geopolitical aims. This program is made possible by the generous support from the Korea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1552-korean-smart-power
2/24/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hanbok: A New Lexicon of World Fashion - Women’s Hanbok

February 17, 2022 - Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok - the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing - was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of Korean textile and fashion in the U.S., illustrates and elucidates hanbok in sartorial, socio-cultural, and historical contexts. In the first lecture of the series, Dr. Kim discusses some distinctive qualities of women's hanbok in comparison with other dress traditions; terminologies of the components and their structural parts; colors, materials, and embellishments; and symbols and ideas behind design principles and ways of dress. Minjee Kim is a historian and lecturer specializing in Korean dress and textiles, based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001. She received her PhD from Seoul National University, and formerly taught at Jeonju Kijeon College and Seoul National University in Korea, and Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is a co-editor of Dress History in Korea: Critical Perspectives on Primary Sources (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming). YouTube video with slides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaMfaisyFlw For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1551-hanbok-a-new-lexicon-of-world-fashion-women-hanbok
2/18/20221 hour, 1 minute, 1 second
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A Medical Doctor and Youtube Influencer in the Pandemic Era

February 15, 2022 - The role of medical doctors is important now more than ever in this pandemic era. The impact of influential Youtubers is also increasing, as the public heavily relies on the platform to obtain and share information. Yet it is rare to use both the titles of Doctor and Youtube creator to describe one person’s career like Dr. Jang’s. The Korea Society is excited to welcome Dr. Ezra Hangjun Jang, Internal medicine specialist and renowned host of the Youtube channel, “Dr. Ezra Hangjun Jang”. Dr. Jang has amassed a significant YouTube following with more than 525,000 subscribers, allowing for a substantial audience to learn crucial information from each of his videos. Join us as we listen to Dr. Jang’s insights on educating audiences through his Youtube Channel on healthcare matters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jang will also highlight his career developments in becoming a doctor as well as a star Youtuber in the U.S. The discussion will be led by moderator Dr. John Yoo, Pediatric Dentist of Beam City Dental and host of the popular Youtube channels, JBRO and Dr. John Yoo. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1558-a-medical-doctor-and-youtube-influencer-in-the-pandemic-era
2/17/202242 minutes, 6 seconds
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Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations

February 15, 2022 - Join us for the second edition in our Global View series, a discussion with Yale University Elihu Professor of History Odd Arne Westad on the subject of his book Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations, hosted jointly with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). The discussion is moderated by Korea Society Board Chair Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen Stephens, and introductions are provided by NCAFP president and CEO Ambassador (ret.) Susan Elliott and Korea Society president and CEO Tom Byrne. This program will be live webcast for a virtual audience. Please RSVP to receive the viewing link by clicking the button below. There will also be a limited in-person audience by invitation only. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1553-empire-and-righteous-nation-600-years-of-china-korea-relations
2/16/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 26 seconds
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Towards a US-Korea Tech Alliance

February 2, 2022 - In the midst of supply chain shortages and increasing competition, how can the US and Korea partner on critical technologies and address national security imperatives? Join for a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for enhanced US-Korea tech and digital cooperation, featuring Dr. Miyeon Oh, director and senior fellow of the Asia Security Initiative in the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, and Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1544-towards-a-us-korea-tech-alliance
2/2/20221 hour, 49 seconds
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A New North Korea Policy?

January 6, 2022 - Join for a discussion on the future of North Korea policy, featuring: Frank Aum, senior expert on Northeast Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Dagyum Ji, journalist for The Korea Herald covering North Korea and security, and Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, in conversation with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado, and with an introduction by Korea Society president & CEO Tom Byrne. Following a New Year's address by North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, the panelists discuss what's next for North Korea policy, including analysis of various diplomatic approaches, changes to the internal situation, and implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1547-a-new-north-korea-policy
1/6/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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Global View on the Korean Peninsula featuring Walter Russell Mead

December 14, 2021 - Join us for this program co-hosted by The Korea Society and The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) about the Korean Peninsula in the global perspective, featuring Walter Russell Mead, Global View Columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College. The discussion is moderated by Korea Society president & CEO Tom Byrne, with an introduction from NCAFP Board Chair Jeffrey R. Shafer. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1539-global-view-on-the-korean-peninsula
12/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds
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K-Content, Youth Economy & Beyond

December 9, 2021 - When YouTube began sharing revenue directly with creators, an entirely new industry was born. Today, there are over 2 million creators around the world in its monetization program, building thriving businesses by sharing their own content to the worldwide audience. Among the most innovative and passionate YouTubers are those hailing from South Korea. Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube discusses the rise of K-content and the new creator economy; with Park Young Sun, former minister of SMEs and Startups of Republic of Korea; Bernie Cho, President of DFSB Kollective; and Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy Wilson Center; moderated by Korean YouTuber Seungkug Lee. This program is made possible by the generous support from YouTube. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1542-k-content-youth-economy-beyond
12/10/20211 hour, 10 seconds
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Interview with LG Chem CEO Hak Cheol Shin

December 8, 2021 - Join us for a conversation between Mr. Hak Cheol Shin, Chief Executive Officer of LG Chem, and Tom Byrne, the President and CEO of The Korea Society. In this third episode of the ‘President’s Interview Series,’ Mr. Shin will discuss his remarkable career starting out from 3M Korea and serving as the Vice Chair at 3M headquarter in the U.S. to his current role as the CEO of LG Chem. Since Mr. Shin took office in 2019, LG Chem's market capitalization in the Korean stock market has more than doubled to 55 trillion won (US$46.6 billion) from 24 trillion won (US$20.3 billion). This interview will provide an opportunity to learn more about Mr. Shin’s role and leadership in LG Chem’s growth during the past two years as well as the company’s ESG based expanding business portfolio and the next growth engine moving forward. This program was recorded at LG Chem headquarters in Seoul when President Byrne recently visited South Korea. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1541-interview-with-lg-chem-ceo-hak-cheol-shin
12/8/202156 minutes, 3 seconds
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Beasts of a Little Land with Juhea Kim

December 7, 2021 - An epic story of love, war, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement, Beasts of a Little Land follows the intertwined fates of a young girl sold to a courtesan school and the penniless son of a hunter. From the perfumed chambers of a courtesan school in Pyongyang to the glamorous cafes of a modernizing Seoul and the boreal forests of Manchuria, where battles rage, Juhea Kim’s unforgettable characters forge their own destinies as they wager their nation’s. Immersive and elegant, Beasts of a Little Land unveils a world where friends become enemies, enemies become saviors, heroes are persecuted, and beasts take many shapes. Join in the conversation with author Juhea Kim about her debut novel. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1528-beasts-of-a-little-land-with-juhea-kim
12/8/202154 minutes, 39 seconds
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New Food Media with Eric Kim

December 2, 2021 - Food writer Eric Kim is known for sharing recipes accompanied with thoughtful storytelling and reflection. At first Kim pursued academia, teaching undergraduate literature courses while working towards a PhD in American Literature at Columbia. He unexpectedly found his path to success by writing and curating content for leading publishers in food media such as Food Network, Food52, and Saveur. Today, Kim is a staff writer at the New York Times and next year he will release his highly-anticipated debut cookbook Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home. Join us as Kim reflects on his career in food journalism, multimedia content creation, and book publishing. The Korea Society Young Professionals’ Night program consists of industry professionals who share their career experiences and advice with the audience. It provides a wonderful opportunity for networking, and all professionals seeking to expand their careers are encouraged to come. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1538-new-food-media-with-eric-kim
12/3/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 11 seconds
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Thinking Northeast Asia: The Year in Review

December 2, 2021 - Pacific Forum President Emeritus and WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies Ralph Cossa provides a media and member-friendly wrap-up of the year by way of politics and security on and around the Korean Peninsula, in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. A member of the ASEAN Regional Forum’s Experts and Eminent Persons Group, Cossa reflects on wider regional trends as well, to include Korea’s dealing with China-US tensions and US-Korea cooperation in condemning the Myanmar coup. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1518-thinking-northeast-asia-the-year-in-review
12/2/20211 hour, 1 minute, 31 seconds
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U.S. Diplomacy and Security in Korea 2021

Korea Society Inaugural Van Fleet Policy Signature Event November 17, 2021 - Former Ambassador and Admiral Harry Harris, UNC/CFC/USFK Commander General Robert Abrams, Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift will sit down with Korea Society Board Director and former UNC/CFC/USFK Commander General Walter “Skip” Sharp for a discussion exploring Northeast Asia geopolitical and Korean Peninsula security and diplomatic opportunities and challenges from the perspectives of the longstanding ROK - U.S. Alliance. Featuring introductory remarks by Young Woon Kong, President of the Strategic Planning Division of Hyundai Motor Group. Limited in-person audience by invitation, and live webcast. The Korea Society is grateful to Premium Sponsor Hyundai Motor Company for its generous support of The Inaugural Van Fleet Policy Signature Event. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1516-u-s-diplomacy-and-security-in-korea-2021
11/18/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds
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Countdown to the US Congressional Midterm Elections: What Can We Expect from the 117th Congress?

November 15, 2021 - Candid analysis from Former Members of Congress on the upcoming US Midterms Elections. How will it impact the Congressional legislative agenda in terms of domestic and foreign policy? What will their foreign trade and security priorities be? How can the US work with allies and partners such as The Republic of Korea? This program is produced in partnership between the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) and The Korea Society. Featuring the Hon. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT, 2013-2019), the Hon. Mike Bishop (R-MI, 2015-2019), and the Hon. L.F. Payne (D-VA, 1988-1997).
11/16/202151 minutes, 36 seconds
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Lessons Learned with CEO & Co-Founder of Radish Fiction Seung Yoon Lee

November 12, 2021 - Join us as Seung-yoon Lee, CEO, and Co-Founder of Radish Fiction, shares “lessons learned” from his years of experience in media innovation. Before taking on his current position as the Global Strategy Officer at Kakao Entertainment, he founded Radish Fiction, serialized fiction app bringing curated premium, and original stories to readers everywhere, and Byline, the world's leading crowdfunded journalism platform. Seung-yoon was also recognized as one of the inaugural members of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Next-generation entrepreneurs, fiction lovers, members, and friends of The Korea Society and Korea Finance Society are all invited to this discussion moderated by Mark Kim from the Korea Finance Society. Following the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, we will have limited in-person capacity. The registration for in-person attendance will be first-come, first-served basis. The session will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person or prefer to participate virtually. The Korea Society is excited to present this session of the Young Professionals’ Network series in partnership with the Korea Finance Society (KFS). KFS seeks to build a community to promote the advancement of Korean and Korean-American financial professionals in the United States through networking, education, and mentorship. We are dedicated to providing a platform for sharing expertise among Korean financial professionals, as well as educational and career programs for young Korean financial professionals and college students to maximize their opportunities for career success. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1534-lessons-learned-with-ceo-co-founder-of-radish-fiction-seung-yoon-lee
11/15/20211 hour, 48 seconds
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What Makes a Great Korea Analyst?

November 4, 2021 - Council on Foreign Relations Director of the Program on US-Korea Policy and Senior Fellow Scott A. Snyder, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and former U.S. National Intelligence Officer for North Korea Markus Garlauskas, and Stimson Center nonresident fellow Rachel Minyoung Lee join Senior Director Stephen Noerper and Policy Director Jonathan Corrado for a discussion of the latest developments on and around the Korean Peninsula and thoughts on how media, members, and analysts current and aspiring might best hone skills and insights on Korea. As premier analysts with unique insights, Snyder, Garlauskas, and Lee speak to tropes, prejudice and generalizations that stymy sound analysis and suggest ways to approach Peninsular affairs anew. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1517-what-makes-a-great-korea-analyst
11/4/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
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Eric Nam 에릭남 at YPN 10th Anniversary Special

November 3, 2021 - Celebrating the 10th year of our Young Professionals’ Network (YPN) series, The Korea Society is excited to announce the YPN 10th Anniversary Special with singer-songwriter Eric Nam, one of the most popular and recognizable celebrities in Asia. As a Korean American singer, songwriter, entertainer, and TV personality from Atlanta, Georgia, Eric has been inspiring his fans and the younger generation through his musical performances and insightful commentary on important contemporary issues. He has been named GQ Korea's Man of the Year and appeared on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia. Join our YPN Special to hear Eric’s thoughts on balancing the cultural boundary between Korea and the U.S. as an entertainer with a fanbase in both countries. This interview will also provide a rare opportunity to hear Eric's personal story and vision of his life and career. This program is made possible by the support from Yang Won Sun Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1530-10th-anniversary-special-with-eric-nam
11/4/202153 minutes, 34 seconds
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Asian American Involvement in U.S. Politics Featuring Congressman Andy Kim

November 1, 2021 - Join us for this conversation about Asian American involvement in U.S. politics featuring Congressman Andy Kim. How has the role of Asian Americans in U.S. politics evolved over time and responded to pressing issues? This conversation is moderated by Tony Kim, board director for The Korea Society and Partner at Centerview Partners. Korea Society president and CEO Tom Byrne joins the conversation to convey questions from the audience. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1533-asian-american-involvement-in-u-s-politics-featuring-congressman-andy-kim
11/1/202142 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Rise of Anti-Chinese Sentiments in South Korea: Political and Security Implications

October 7, 2021 - Stanford University Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, founding director of its Korean Studies program, and William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea Gi-Wook Shin shares insights on rising anti-China sentiments in South Korea and their implications for the upcoming South Korean presidential election, as well as the US-ROK alliance. Professor Shin, in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper, also explores these sentiments relative to Korean feelings toward Japan and the United States. This event is co-sponsored by Columbia University’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1515-the-rise-of-anti-china-sentiments-in-korea
10/7/20211 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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The US-Korea Global Partnership: Supply Chain and Semiconductors

September 23, 2021 - In the first program of a new series chronicling the rise of global cooperation between the United States and Korea, Korea Society president and CEO Tom Byrne discusses supply chain resilience and semiconductors in conversation with Tami Overby, McLarty Associates Senior Director and former president of the US Korea Business Council, and John Neuffer, President and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association. The program opens with remarks on the importance of US-Korea cooperation on semiconductors by Won-kyong Kim, the Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics Inc. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1522-the-us-korea-global-partnership-supply-chain-and-semiconductors
9/24/202158 minutes, 28 seconds
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North Korea, Inc. and China

September 9, 2021 - Harvard University Director of the Korea Project and Adjunct Lecturer John Park shares insights into recent North Korea developments and China’s interplay. Subsequent to the Moon-Biden summit and marking the anniversary of its mutual defense pact, the PRC and DPRK reaffirmed ties. Park, in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper, sheds light on the implications for stability in Northeast Asia and implications for the US-ROK alliance. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1514-north-korea-inc-and-china
9/9/20211 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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YouTube & K-pop

July 22, 2021 - When experts analyze the worldwide success of K-pop, all point to one watershed moment in 2012: Psy's music video Gangnam Style was uploaded to YouTube. As YouTube became the main platform for music video release, K-pop broke through the language and cultural barriers and reached out to the world. Through YouTube, K-pop songs are watched and shared around the globe, and Korean artists communicate with their ever-increasing and dedicated fans everywhere. Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer of YouTube, discusses how YouTube grew its global viewership and impact while promoting the cutting edge of K-culture, especially K-pop, to the world. Joon Park, the leader of the first generation idol group g.o.d., and producer Robert Ock will join the conversation to be moderated by Eva Pilgrim of ABC News. This program is made possible by the generous support from YouTube. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1511-youtube-k-pop-with-robert-kyncl
7/26/202157 minutes, 54 seconds
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Talking COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation with John Rim, Samsung Biologics President & CEO

July 21, 2021 - Join us for a conversation between Mr. John Rim, President and CEO of Samsung Biologics, and Tom Byrne, the President and CEO of The Korea Society. In this second episode of the ‘President’s Interview Series,’ President Rim will discuss his extensive career and senior leadership roles in the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as his current role as the head of Samsung Biologics. With over 30 years of experience, President Rim played a key leadership role in facilitating the growth of Samsung Biologics into one of the world’s largest contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). This interview will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the role of Samsung Biologics in the global biopharmaceutical industry including the recent agreement with the US biotech firm, Moderna, for fill-finish manufacturing of its path breaking mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine. This program was recorded at Samsung Biologics headquarters in Songdo, Incheon when President Byrne recently visited South Korea. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1509-talking-covid-19-vaccine-cooperation-with-president-john-rim
7/22/202143 minutes, 33 seconds
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Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World with Ban Ki-moon

June 15, 2021 - Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discusses his new book Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World on its release, in conversation with Korea Society board chairwoman Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and with a welcome by Korea Society president and CEO Tom Byrne. This event is co-hosted with the Korea Economic Institute of America. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1501-resolved-uniting-nations-in-a-divided-world
6/15/20211 hour, 1 minute, 51 seconds
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The Power of Nunchi with Euny Hong

June 10, 2021 - Nunchi is Korea’s superpower. A sixth sense for winning friends and influencing people, this time-honored skill helps you connect with others so you can succeed in everything from business to politics to love. In The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success, Euny Hong explains the practice of nunchi in a highly prescriptive guide for social success. Hong—whose “incisive and humorous” (New York Times Book Review) reporting on Korea is always necessary reading—explains how nunchi is a part of daily life in Korea, how a great deal of communication is based not on words but on the overall context of an interaction. Hong argues that it is what catapulted South Korea in half a century from one of the world’s poorest countries to one of its richest, coolest, and most technologically advanced. The Korean economic miracle has always been based on nunchi: the ability to “eye measure” other nations’ rapidly evolving needs, manufacture export products to meet them, and adjust plans based on the universe’s only constant—change. In everything from finding love to excelling at work, Hong’s simple, effective, and relatable guide to mastering nunchi will help you to open doors you never knew existed. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1497-power-of-nunchi-with-euny-hong
6/11/202155 minutes, 25 seconds
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Challenges and Opportunities for U.S.-Japan-Korea Trade Relations

June 3, 2021 - Join us for this discussion about the dynamics of U.S.-Japan-Korea trade relations and regional economic integration, featuring Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler, Waseda University Professor Emeritus and Economic Research Institute for East Asia and ASEAN Senior Research Advisor Shujiro Urata, and Korea Development Institute and Johns Hopkins University Professor Wonhyuk Lim. How can the three countries overcome obstacles to cooperate on shared challenges to achieve prosperity and shape the economic rules of the road? What will the Biden administration mean for U.S. trade policy? This program is co-hosted by the Korea Society, the Japan Society and Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), with moderation by Korea Society president Tom Byrne, and an introduction by Japan Society president Joshua W. Walker. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1487-challenges-and-opportunities-for-u-s-japan-korea-trade-relations
6/3/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 50 seconds
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A Conversation with Chairman Yongmaan Park of Doosan Infracore

Recorded June 1, 2021 - In our inaugural episode of the ‘President's Interview Series', we are pleased to invite Yongmaan Park, Chairman of Doosan Infracore for a conversation with The Korea Society’s President Tom Byrne. As one of the most successful and powerful business leaders in Korea and the world, Chairman Park will discuss his extensive career and leadership role as the Chairman of Doosan Infracore and former Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). Chairman Park will also share his views and insights on key issues and challenges in the U.S.-Korea economic cooperation post pandemic. This interview will also provide a rare opportunity to hear Chairman Park’s personal story and vision of his life. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1495-a-conversation-with-chairman-yongmaan-park
6/3/202135 minutes, 11 seconds
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From "Ga-yo" to K-pop with Youngdae Kim

May 25, 2021 - Believe it or not, BTS and Blackpink are not the entirety of Korean popular music. At the birthplace of K-pop, "idol" groups share the stage with the new generation of "trot" singers, power balladeers, hip-hop artists and indie bands. Music critic Youngdae Kim surveys the recent history of popular music in Korea and how it has evolved as K-pop exploded all around the world. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1500-from-ga-yo-to-k-pop
5/26/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 58 seconds
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U.S.-Korea Summit Analysis - Gen. (R.) Brooks, Amb. (R.) Hill, & Dr. Hotez

May 25, 2021 - Join us for this rapid response analysis on the first summit meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In a discussion covering the latest trends regarding the U.S.-Korea Alliance, geostrategic coordination, North Korea issues, and COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy, Korea Society president and CEO Tom Byrne is joined by former UNC/CFC/USFK Commander General (ret.) Vincent Brooks, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs George W. Ball Adjunct Professor Ambassador (ret.) Christopher R. Hill, and Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1503-u-s-korea-summit-analysis
5/26/202147 minutes, 42 seconds
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All About COVID-19 Vaccines with Global Vaccine Expert Dr. Jerome Kim

May 19, 2021 - Do you want to learn more about Covid-19 vaccines and the global vaccination effort? Please join The Korea Society for a conversation on COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution with Dr. Jerome Kim, Director General of International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and Tom Byrne, Korea Society President/CEO. Dr. Kim, who was named one of “The 50 Most Influential People in Vaccines” in 2014 by the vaccine industry organization Vaccine Nation, will share the importance of COVID-19 vaccines combating this prolonged pandemic. Dr. Kim will highlight the central role of IVI in accelerating safe and effective vaccines worldwide, provide the most up to date COVID-19 vaccine news, and remark on the challenges surrounding global vaccination. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1498-all-about-covid-19-vaccines-with-global-vaccine-expert-dr-jerome-kim
5/20/20211 hour, 28 minutes, 11 seconds
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Sacred Images and Magical Things with Dr. Laurel Kendall

May 6, 2021 - Statues, paintings, and masks—like the bodies of shamans and spirit mediums—give material form and presence to otherwise invisible entities, and sometimes these objects are understood to be enlivened. Dr. Laurel Kendall explores how magical images are expected to work with the shamans and spirit mediums in contemporary South Korea and compares the use of these shamanic images with similar practices in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Bali. The question of empowered images concerns not only what they are expected to do but how they are fabricated, marketed, cared for, disposed of, and sometimes transformed into art-market commodities and museum artifacts. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1494-sacred-images-and-magical-things
5/10/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture 2021 with Aram Hur

May 7, 2021 - University of Missouri Assistant Professor and Institute for Korean Studies Co-Director Aram Hur, the 2021 Sherman Scholar award recipient, speaks on May 6 at 3 PM to Korea’s Changing National Story and Democratic Future. Hur addresses Korean nationalism, a “rapidly fragmenting and changing” national story, and the danger of democratic rollback. Senior director Stephen Noerper describes Hur’s selection and address as “incredibly important given the costs of such fragmentation in Korea, but comparatively in the United States of late and by extension to a world seeing rollback in Myanmar, Thailand, Russia and elsewhere.” During the program, Korea Society President and CEO Tom Byrne introduces Hur, and inaugural Sherman Scholar Award recipient and Columbia University professor Katrin Katz presents her academic resume. Following Hur's presentation, USC Professor and Korean Studies Institute Director David Kang provides commentary, and Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado facilitates the audience discussion. The annual award and lecture, now in its fifth year, aims to grow US thought leadership on Korea for a new generation. The award is presented across disciplines and to emerging thought leaders, from Ph.D. candidates to junior professors and respective research or non-profit professionals. The award is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sherman and family. You can view the presentations of former award winners here. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1482-sherman-family-korea-emerging-scholar-lecture-2021
5/7/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 50 seconds
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Media and Entertainment "Spotlight": A Conversation with AB WORLD CEO Angie Byun

April 27, 2021 - Join us as we welcome renowned businesswoman Angie Byun as she reflects on her career as a leader in the media, entertainment, and fashion industries. Learn insider secrets about her executive roles with Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Wired, and Golf Digest and how those experiences helped her land her current position as CEO at AB WORLD. The discussion will be led by moderator Asiah James, Director of Emerging Audiences at Condé Nast, followed by a Q&A session. The Korea Society Young Professionals’ Night program consists of industry professionals who share their career experiences and advice with the audience. It provides a wonderful opportunity for networking, and all professionals seeking to expand their careers are encouraged to come. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1489-media-and-entertainment-spotlight-a-conversation-with-ab-world-ceo-angie-byun
4/30/202154 minutes, 49 seconds
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Samul Nori: Dynamic Rhythms from Korea

April 22, 2021 - Samul nori, the South Korean percussion genre with powerful rhythmic forms, has reached international popularity. First created in Seoul in 1978 by a quartet of musicians, samul nori (which translates simply into "four things play") is a neo-traditional musical repertory that has been performed on many international stages by professional ensembles and amateur musical enthusiasts around the world. Professor Katherine In-Young Lee explores the history and development of samul nori and its importance as a sonic and cultural symbol of South Korea. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1483-samul-nori-dynamic-rhythms-from-korea
4/23/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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Women in Congress: A Conversation with U.S. Representative Young Kim

April 21, 2021 - U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) joins The Korea Society to share her journey in becoming one of the first Korean American women elected to Congress in its 230-year history. As an immigrant, small business owner, and previous California State 65th district Assemblywoman, we will explore how Congresswoman Kim pursued the American dream to become a successful Korean American leader and politician. The conversation will be moderated by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea and Korea Society Board Chair. Thomas Byrne, President and CEO of The Korea Society will deliver a special welcoming remarks at the event. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1490-women-in-congress-a-conversation-with-u-s-representative-young-kim
4/22/202146 minutes, 39 seconds
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Role of Regional Players in Inter-Korean Peace and Unification

April 16, 2021 - Join us for a discussion on regional roles in building inter-Korean peace and unification with Columbia University adjunct professor Katrin Fraser Katz, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace senior research analyst Kathryn Botto, and Columbia University adjunct professor, Weatherhead East Asian Institute research scholar and Society senior director Stephen Noerper. Policy director Jonathan Corrado moderates the discussion, which enjoys the support of the UniKorea Foundation. Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR) partners for this exciting discussion. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1476-role-of-regional-players-in-inter-korean-peace-and-unification
4/16/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hot! Hot! Hot! Korean Food in the Age of Kpop

April 8, 2021 - Once considered a dubious cuisine relegated to the "ethnic food" category, Korean food is now hotter than ever in the United States and beyond. Ingredients like gochugaru and gochujang show up on menus of American fast food chains and local grocery aisles, while Korean cooking shows and meokbang videos have become a genre of their own on streaming platforms and social media, such as Netflix and YouTube. Today, KFC also stands for Korean Fried Chicken and the noodle dish jjapaguri from the Oscar-winning movie Parasite has its own Wikipedia entry. Professor Robert Ji-Song Ku explores the rising popularity, appreciation, and appropriation of Korean food around the world and particularly in the United States, and its relationship to the global proliferation of Korean popular culture, a phenomenon commonly known as hallyu, the Korean Wave. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1480-hot-hot-hot-korean-food-in-the-age-of-kpop
4/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Korea and Sino-US Relations

April 1, 2021 - Stimson Center senior fellow and China Program director Yun Sun and Asia Society Arthur Ross director of the Center for US-China Relations Orville Schell join senior director Stephen Noerper to discuss where Korea sits relative to China and US priorities. They explore China policy in the new US administration, alliances and expectations, and prospects for improvements or further deterioration in Sino-US ties. This program is made possible thanks to the support of the Korea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1477-korea-and-sino-us-relations
4/1/202158 minutes, 9 seconds
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"Surviving" the Professional World - Advice from Yul Kwon

March 26, 2021 - Yul Kwon, Google Senior Director of Product Management and the first Asian American winner of the CBS reality show Survivor, will join the Society to share his diverse career trajectories in product management, technology, law, and media. Yul has worked with major government agencies and private companies including Google, Facebook, the Federal Communications Commission, the US Senate, McKinsey, and PBS. As the first Asian American winner of the CBS reality TV show ‘Survivor’, he will also discuss how he used that platform to voice what it means to be a Korean American in today's age. Moderated by TV Journalist & Storyteller Julie Chang. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1479-surviving-the-professional-world-advice-from-yul-kwon
3/31/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Korean Art of Fermentation with Irene Yoo

March 25, 2021 - There is a long and illustrious history of fermentation in Korean cuisine. Different types of fermented food - doenjang, ganjang, gochujang, and kimchi to name just a few - are integral and essential to the Korean way of eating and cooking. Join Irene Yoo as she provides an overview of Korean art of fermentation and tips on how to incorporate Korean fermented food in your everyday cooking. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1475-the-korean-art-of-fermentation
3/26/20211 hour, 9 seconds
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The Historical Causes of Korea's Division and Challenges to Reconciliation

March 18, 2021 - Michael D. Shin, a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, looks at the late Joseon period and the Japanese colonial period to examine the historical causes of Korean division and investigate their impact on inter-Korean reconciliation in this program supported by the UniKorea Foundation. Understanding the deep historical causes of Korean division sheds light on the persistence of the division after the end of the Cold War. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1465-the-historical-causes-of-korea-s-division-and-challenges-to-reconciliation
3/19/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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The King, the Virtuous Queen, and His Wicked Consort

March 11, 2021 - The saga of King Sukjong, Queen Inhyeon, and Concubine Jang Hui-bin is one of the most famous episodes in the 500-year-long history of Joseon dynasty. Filled with palace intrigues and passionate love affairs, the story of the 19th king of Joseon, his virtuous queen, and one of the most infamous women in the history of Joseon dominates the popular culture and imagination even today. But what was the real story behind the legend? Professor Minsoo Kang, who recently published a translation of Record of the Virtue of Queen Inhyeon, Lady Min, speaks about the importance of this story, the historical myth that has built around the characters, and its place in modern Korean society. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1474-the-king-the-virtuous-queen-and-his-wicked-consort
3/15/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 34 seconds
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Lessons Learned with Nelson Chai, CFO of Uber

March 4, 2021 - Join us as Nelson Chai, Chief Financial Officer of Uber, shares "lessons learned" from more than a decade of experience in senior positions at some of the world's leading publicly traded companies, including Uber, CIT Group, Merrill Lynch, and NYSE Euronext, among others. Members and friends of The Korea Society and Korea Finance Society are invited to the discussion, moderated by Korea Finance Society Co-Chairman Mike Joo and Sandor Hau. The Korea Society is excited to present this Young Professionals’ Night webcast in partnership with the Korea Finance Society (KFS). KFS seeks to build a community to promote the advancement of Korean and Korean-American financial professionals in the United States through networking, education, and mentorship. We are dedicated to providing a platform for sharing expertise among Korean financial professionals, as well as educational and career programs for young Korean financial professionals and college students to maximize their opportunities for career success. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1469-lessons-learned-with-nelson-chai
3/9/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Restaurants in the Covid-19 Era: A Roundtable

March 4, 2021 - Since the pandemic started, restaurant and food service businesses had to combine flexibility and ingenuity in order to survive. Constantly dealing with ever-changing regulations and restrictions, restaurateurs had to quickly pivot and develop new business models, including outdoor dining and shipping nationwide. Join us for a roundtable conversation with three Korean American restaurateurs in New York - Christina Jang of New Wonjo; Simon Kim of Cote; and Ray Park of Red Poke - as they discuss the challenges they face during the pandemic and the future of restaurants. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1470-restaurants-in-the-covid-19-era-a-roundtable
3/8/20211 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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New Developments in Inter-Korean Relations with Jean Lee

March 4, 2021 - Woodrow Wilson Center director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy Jean Lee converses with senior director Stephen Noerper on ROK-DPRK relations. They address impasse and opportunity between North Korea and South Korea and offer recommendations for US and other policy makers on peninsular realities and possibilities. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Korea Foundation. The Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR) is a promotional partner for this program. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1464-new-developments-in-inter-korean-relations
3/4/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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Women in Trade: A Talk with Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee

February 26, 2021 - In the second episode of our Women’s Leadership series, we are pleased to welcome South Korean Minister for Trade Yoo Myung-hee for a conversation on her 25-year career in shaping the international trade infrastructure. As Deputy Minister for FTA Negotiations, and later Director-General for Bureau of Trade Policy at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Yoo Myung-hee has been at the forefront of numerous high-profile trade agreements, including the 2018 US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and the 2019 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Minister Yoo has been integral in reforming Korea’s trade policy to respond to the current crisis as well as providing an outlook on the future of multilateral trade after COVID-19. The first female trade minister for the Republic of Korea, Minister Yoo will speak on her accomplishments and challenges in the field of international trade and cooperation as well as remark on her candidacy for Director-General of the World Trade Organization as one of two final candidates. Moderated by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, former US Ambassador to Korea and Korea Society Board Chair, this discussion offers a unique opportunity to gain insight from two pioneering female leaders in the U.S. -Korea relationship. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1471-women-in-trade-a-talk-with-trade-minister-yoo-myung-hee
2/27/20211 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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Edtech: Consumer Technology in the Digital Age - A Conversation with Edmodo CEO Susan Kim

February 23, 2021 - Covid-19 increased online education platforms, replacing classrooms with computer screens all across the globe. This has left many teachers, students, and parents at the mercy of education and consumer technology. Susan Kim, CEO of Edmodo, an education technology company with over 100 million users worldwide, joins The Korea Society to discuss consumer technology, online education, and start ups in the modern age. Based on her multiple leadership roles including Google, eBay, and EatWith, she will give insights on business, start-ups, and the edtech industry and how it will shape the future. The discussion will be led by a moderator Sang Lee, President of Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE) and President and CEO of DarcMatter and Konstellation. The Korea Society is excited to present this Young Professionals’ Night webcast in partnership with the Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE) and Council of Korean Americans (CKA). KSE is a nonprofit organization seeking to cultivate and develop the technology startup ecosystem in the United States, particularly involving Korean-American and South Korean founded companies. The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) is a national nonprofit organization seeking to advance the national voice and influence of the Korean American community through collaboration and leadership development. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1472-a-conversation-with-edmodo-ceo-susan-kim
2/24/202158 minutes, 47 seconds
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Pathways to a Brighter Future for North Korea's Economy

February 18, 2021 - Join us for a discussion about scenarios for North Korean development and inter-Korean economic integration. Seoul National University economics Professor Byung-Yeon Kim, former World Bank economist and a consultant on Asian affairs Brad Babson, and NK Pro analyst Peter Ward join Korea Society President Tom Byrne in conversation. Together, they investigate what domestic reforms will be necessary to empower development and forecast potential roles for South Korea, the U.S. and the international community. Korea Society Policy Director Jonathan Corrado moderates audience questions. This program is supported by a grant from the UniKorea Foundation. This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia University’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1456-pathways-to-a-brighter-future-for-north-korea-s-economy
2/19/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 6 seconds
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Human Rights and North Korea: Honoring the Anniversary of the UN Commission of Inquiry Report

February 4, 2021 - The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) executive director Greg Scarlatoiu and Bush Institute senior fellow Victor Cha join senior director Stephen Noerper for a discussion of human rights in North Korea and its placement on the Biden administration’s new policy agenda. The event marks the anniversary of the historic UN Commission of Inquiry report release. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Korea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1463-human-rights-and-north-korea-honoring-the-anniversary-of-the-un-commission-of-inquiry-report
2/4/202158 minutes, 26 seconds
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Women's Leadership in the U.S.-Korea Relationship: A Conversation with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens

January 28, 2021 - In our inaugural episode of The Korea Society's Women in Leadership series, we are pleased to welcome Ambassador Kathleen Stephens for a conversation on her distinguished career. Having extensive experience in international relations, Amb. Stephens, a decorated former U.S. diplomat, will share her special and deep connections to Korea. She will also highlight her involvement in promoting the U.S-Korea relationship as a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Peace Corps volunteer, and current President of Korea Economic Institute and Chair of The Korea Society. Please join our inspiring interview with Amb. Stephens as she remarks on her challenges and progress in her glass ceiling shattering career, as well as her efforts to support and amplify women’s voices. The discussion will be led by a moderator, Vivian Lee, Emmy-winning TV journalist. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/women-s-leadership-in-the-u-s-korea-relationship/item/1462
2/4/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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North Korea’s Eighth Party Congress with Robert Carlin and Glyn Ford

January 26, 2021 - North Korea senior analysts Robert Carlin and Glyn Ford speak about the political and economic implications of the party congress with senior director Stephen Noerper. Stanford University’s Carlin and Track2Asia’s Ford provide critical insight on possibilities for change, impasse and next steps in this timely, newsmaker event. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Korea Foundation. The Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR) is a promotional partner for this program. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1460-north-korea-s-eighth-party-congress
1/26/202159 minutes, 49 seconds
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House of Hummingbird: A Director's Talk with Bora Kim

January 24, 2021 - 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, she finds her escape by roaming the neighborhood with her best friend, going on adventures, exploring young love and experiencing everything that comes with growing up in a country on the brink of enormous change. Written and directed by Bora Kim and starring the extraordinary young actress Ji-Hu Park, House of Hummingbird delicately captures a turning point in a young woman's life. Bora Kim, writer-director of House of Hummingbird, joins the Korea Society for a director's talk. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1459-house-of-hummingbird-streaming-and-a-director-s-talk
1/25/20211 hour, 1 minute, 30 seconds
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The Magical Language of Others with E.J. Koh

January 13, 2021 - The Magical Language of Others is a powerful and aching memoir, a tale of deep bonds to family, place, and language. After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji Koh’s parents return to South Korea for work, leaving fifteen-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in California. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world made strange by her mother’s absence. Her mother writes letters, in Korean, over the years seeking forgiveness and love―letters Eun Ji cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box. In this incandescent memoir, E. J. Koh fearlessly grapples with forgiveness, reconciliation, legacy, and intergenerational trauma. Join us for an in-depth conversation with E. J. Koh about her memoir, poetry, and translation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1455-the-magical-language-of-others-with-e-j-koh
1/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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"Getting Together" with Coffee Meets Bagel

December 16, 2020 - Six years ago, the founders of the online dating service Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) sat down with The Korea Society to share their stories on starting a new business. (Click Here) Today, we rejoin CMB to discuss how they have reached and managed their success to become one of the major online dating services globally. A Korean American entrepreneur Dawoon Kang, Co-founder and Chief Dating Officer of CMB, will share her knowledge on starting new business, marketing insights, and practical advice to young professionals interested in establishing their own business. We will also explore the art of online dating while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will be led by a moderator Sang Lee, President of Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE) and CEO of Darc Matter, followed by a Q&A session. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1453-getting-together-with-coffee-meets-bagel
12/22/202044 minutes, 35 seconds
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Evolving Roles of the UN in the Korean Peace Process

A joint program with NCNK Featuring: Gen (ret.) Vincent Brooks Suzanne DiMaggio Amb. Jeffrey Feltman in conversation with Keith Luse and Stephen Noerper To learn more, visit www.ncnk.org and www.koreasociety.org
12/18/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 34 seconds
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K-pop Confidential with Stephan Lee

December 10, 2020 - In K-pop Confidential, the YA novel from journalist Stephan Lee, a Korean-American girl plunges into the complex world of an idol factory and K-pop trainees in South Korea while staying true to herself in the process. Join us for a lively conversation with Stephan Lee about his debut novel and everything K-pop, including its ever-increasing popularity in the U.S., the challenges the K-pop trainees face, and the issues Korean Americans grapple with as they find their own heritage. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1452-k-pop-confidential-with-stephan-lee
12/11/20201 hour, 1 minute, 8 seconds
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Being in North Korea: A special podcast interview with Andray Abrahamian

December 10, 2020 - In this podcast interview, Andray Abrahamian offers insights from his new book, Being in North Korea, an exploration of North Korean society from the inside, citing personal experiences gained by the author over 30 trips to the DPRK. In conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado, Abrahamian discusses interactions from his time working at a nonprofit that teaches North Koreans about entrepreneurship and economic policy. Abrahamian is a senior adjunct fellow at Pacific Forum. Sign up below to ensure that you receive a link to the podcast interview when it's released on December 10. Published by Stanford University APARC and distributed by Brookings University, the book is available for sale here. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1440-being-in-north-korea-a-special-podcast-interview-with-andray-abrahamian
12/8/202058 minutes, 3 seconds
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Cold War Cosmopolitan: Han Hyung-Mo & Korean Cinema of the 1950s

December 3, 2020 - South Korea in the 1950s was home to a burgeoning film culture, one of the many “Golden Age cinemas” that flourished in Asia during the postwar years. One of the most important filmmakers of the time was Han Hyung-Mo, director of the era’s most glamorous and popular women’s pictures including the blockbuster Madame Freedom (1956). Christina Klein provides an illuminating analysis of Han's career and films with careful attention to key issues of modernity—such as feminism, cosmopolitanism, and consumerism. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1451-cold-war-cosmopolitan-han-hyung-mo-korean-cinema-of-the-1950s
12/4/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 32 seconds
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Next Steps with North Korea

December 3, 2020 - Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy Scott Snyder joins Senior Director Stephen Noerper to discuss next steps on denuclearization and dialogue with North Korea post-US Presidential election. Snyder, author of South Korea at the Crossroads, weighs the likelihood of a North Korean test or other attention-grabber pre or post-inauguration, the dispositions of Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang, and the possibility of renewed talks. For more information, please visit the link below: https://koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1446-next-steps-with-north-korea
12/3/20201 hour, 13 seconds
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The Korean Wave and Translation: A conversation with Wansoo Suh

November 19. 2020 - The global recognition of K-pop, K-drama, and K-movies has brought with it much interest in Korean translation. Recently, Sharon Choi, a freelance translator for Bong Joon Ho, the Oscar-winning Director of ‘Parasite’, received much international attention for her excellent translation work. If you are bilingual in Korean and English, seeking a career in the translation industry, or even interested in Korean language, this YPN program is the perfect chance to learn more about this exciting profession. Join us for a discussion with Wansoo Suh, a NYC-based, renowned freelance interpreter, on her professional experiences throughout her 25 year career. Learn about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the translation world with our moderator Janet Cushey, a young professional who is in her early career in the media and translation industry. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1450-the-korean-wave-and-translation-a-conversation-with-wansoo-suh
11/26/202058 minutes, 53 seconds
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North Korean Sanctions and Adaptation

November 19, 2020 - Join us for a discussion on international economic sanctions on North Korea with William Newcomb, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and former Member of the Panel of Experts on DPRK Sanctions at the United Nations, Darya Dolzikova of the Royal United Services Institute, and Cameron Trainer of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. In a conversation moderated by policy director Jonathan Corrado, the three experts discuss the role of sanctions in the negotiation process, proliferation finance, maritime evasion, implementation challenges, humanitarian exemptions, and multilateral coordination. This program is supported by a grant from the UniKorea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1435-north-korean-sanctions-and-adaptation
11/19/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Conversation with David Yoon

November 18, 2020 - When David Yoon’s debut novel Frankly In Love hit shelves last year, it was an instant New York Times bestseller and a William C. Morris Award finalist. With his sophomore novel Super Fake Love Song, David Yoon offers another contemporary YA must-read where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love. Join us for an in-depth conversation with David Yoon as he discusses his career and highly-anticipated second novel. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1449-a-conversation-with-david-yoon
11/19/202059 minutes, 14 seconds
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K-Drama Fever: Global TV in the US with Michelle Cho

November 12, 2020 - Television as we know it has transformed in the last two decades, away from network television mainly produced in the form of sitcoms, police procedurals, and medical or courtroom dramas, towards serial narratives, with clear storylines developed across episodes. At the same time, the notion of “quality television” has changed the way we evaluate TV content, from intentionally mindless entertainment to innovative cultural works. These shifts have been fortuitous for the rise in popularity of Korean television shows in the US, since Korean narrative television has long been formatted as stand-alone, complete series, with clearly defined beginnings and endings. Dr. Michelle Cho will introduce you to the characteristics of Korean television serials (K-dramas) that account for their intense binge-ability, and contextualize the place of Korean television content in our increasingly global media landscape. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1359-k-drama-fever-global-tv-in-the-us
11/13/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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Leveraging Big Data, AI, and Patents for Business Growth

November 10, 2020 - The Korea Society and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) are delighted to present Leveraging Big Data, AI, and Patents for Business Growth on November 10th, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm EST. Our first session will feature Tim Hwang, CEO of FiscalNote. FiscalNote is a global technology and media company that Tim co-founded in 2013 at the age of 21. FiscalNote feeds big data to a powerful machine learning algorithm to provide its clients with the right policy information and AI-driven insights to better navigate market risk and uncertainty and maximize new opportunities. In 2016, the World Economic Forum announced FiscalNote as Technology Pioneers, and Forbes named Tim in its annual 30 Under 30 list. TaeSoo Sean Kim, Partner at Ice Miller LLP, will leverage his own expertise in IP and technology licensing while moderating the talk with Tim. You will expect to hear Tim’s personal journey as a tech entrepreneur, FiscalNote's business and growth strategy, IP portfolio management strategy, and Tim’s vision in running a successful and socially responsible data analytics company in today’s politically tumultuous times. The second session will be a lecture led by two prominent patent attorneys based in Washington, D.C. Michael Dzwonczyk and Hyunseok Park at Sughrue Mion, PLLC will enlighten us on patent challenge proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A patent clearance search may reveal certain patents held by others that your company needs to consider in the product development process. You wish to proceed with your proposed design concept, but also want to minimize any risk potential for patent infringement claims. What options do you have? Michael and Hyunseok will explain key differences among Ex Parte Reexamination (EPR), Inter Partes Review (IPR), and Post-Grant Review (PGR), and offer guidance on invalidation grounds, standards, cost, time, and likelihood of success. The audience will gain a solid understanding of how each patent challenge avenue best meets client priorities and circumstances. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1448-leveraging-big-data-ai-and-patents-for-business-growth
11/12/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 17 seconds
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After the US Presidential Election: Gauging the Results for Korea and Northeast Asia

November 5, 2020 - Washington insiders Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea, and Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, reflect on the results of the US Presidential election for Korea and Northeast Asia in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper. Luse and Jannuzi, both longtime, former Senate Foreign Relations Committee senior staff members, opine on the impact by way of policy and personalities, as well as potential new initiatives. This event is co-hosted by the Columbia Business School’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1434-after-the-us-presidential-election-gauging-the-results-for-korea-and-northeast-asia
11/5/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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Korean-American Directors: A Roundtable with Andrew Ahn, So Yong Kim and Lee Isaac Chung

October 29, 2020 - After the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite, the demand for representation of Asians and Asian-Americans on screen is rising. But what about behind the camera? Listen to our conversation with three Korean-American directors - Andrew Ahn, So Yong Kim, and Lee Isaac Chung- as they discuss their films and careers, their experience of working within and outside of the Hollywood system, and the challenges they face when they try to bring their own story to the screen. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1439-korean-american-directors-a-roundtable
10/30/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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[K-Move] Developing Your Career with Mentorship

October 27, 2020 - The Korea Society is pleased to join KOTRA in presenting valuable lessons on career development through the K-Move program series. K-Move is a project that KOTRA has been organizing for younger Korean audiences abroad, while inviting leading professionals from different fields to share their stories on employment and settlement in the U.S. In this meaningful program, the Society and KOTRA, as co-hosts, will offer words of hope and encouragement to the young Korean professionals of today with their life and career experiences. The recent pandemic and its enormous impact on the global economy have led to unfortunate and difficult situations for Korean job seekers in the U.S. The experienced group of mentors invited will provide useful advice and directions on how we could overcome those challenges in this unprecedented time. [K-Move] Developing Your Career with Mentorship will consist of two separate sessions. In the first part, a renowned guest speaker, Soonkyu Shin, will talk about his success as a 22-year veteran of Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) as well as a writer despite the challenges as a blind person. Mr. Shin will share his life experiences on how he immigrated to the United States, chose his career, overcame challenges, and set up his life mottos and plans. In the second part, we will provide practical employment tips that could be immediately applicable to the real-life situation. This will be held in a form of ‘panel discussion’, which will be led by a moderator, William Juhn, Attorney at Eisenberg & Baum's Law Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and with two successful Korean American mentors: Esther Ahn, Head of User Experience for YouTube TV, and Ye Jin Kim, Senior Vice President, Global Creative at IT Cosmetics. They will not only share the episodes of their employment process, their employment strategies, but also will prospect potential limitations and solutions in the current job market. The discussion will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A session. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1444-k-move-a-webinar-developing-your-career-with-mentorship
10/27/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 1 second
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New Views on Korean Peace Regime and Unification

October 15, 2020 - Join us for this discussion on prospects for a peace regime and inter-Korean social integration with Frank Aum, United States Institute of Peace, Hannah Song, President & CEO at Liberty in North Korea, Rachel Minyoung Lee, former intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, and Joseph Kim, Human Freedom Initiative, George W. Bush Institute. How might the U.S. and South Korea cooperate with regional partners to pursue a long term peace process? How do generational dynamics and social changes in North and South Korea affect inter-Korean cooperation? This program is supported by a grant from the UniKorea Foundation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1431-new-views-on-korean-peace-regime-and-unification
10/15/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Sacred Emblem: Trefoil in Early Korean Metalwork and Beyond

October 8, 2020 - Trefoil or “three-leaved plant” is a stylized form found in artifacts and architecture across culture and time. Dr. Minjee Kim begins the story with her first encounter with a gold headdress ornament of the Balhae kingdom (698-926) and traces the migration of its trefoil form throughout the 4th-6th century across Asia. Then, she travels to France, where “fleur-de-lis” adorned French crowns, clothing, textiles, and furniture as a symbol of royalty, leading to its wide contemporary appropriation by many Western institutions. The journey ends with the long and rich tradition in Kyrgyzstan where the motif is still strongly embedded in various realms of material culture of the people. While offering a view on Korean artifacts within a wider context of material resonance in human history, Dr. Kim highlights the way these artifacts adorned the body and how the craftsmanship was employed to articulate the social hierarchy. For the video version of this program (including images and slides), go here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS9QlybRpsQ For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1364-a-sacred-emblem-trefoil-in-early-korean-metalwork-and-beyond-with-dr-minjee-kim
10/9/20201 hour, 25 seconds
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Looking Toward the US Presidential Election and Its Impact on Korea and Northeast Asia Policy

October 1, 2020 - Daniel Russel, Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute, and Susan Thornton, Project Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale University, join Senior Director Stephen Noerper for a discussion on the upcoming US Presidential election, with an eye to US policy implications for Korea and Northeast Asia. This all-star session draws on the vast foreign service experience of both Russel and Thornton, who helped lead US policy respectively as Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1430-looking-toward-the-us-presidential-election-and-korea-and-northeast-asia-policy
10/1/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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A Conversation with Hee Seo

September 24, 2020 - Listen to our conversation with Hee Seo, the first Asian ballerina to be named principal dancer - ballet's highest title - at the American Ballet Theatre, as she discusses her illustrious career and thoughts on the future of performing art. Her dancing and fluid line exude an unhurried purity that sums up all that is lovely about ballet. - The New York Times For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1425-a-conversation-with-hee-seo
9/25/202058 minutes, 13 seconds
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East Goes West: Younghill Kang, His Life and Works

September 17, 2020 - Join Alexander Chee and Ed Park in their conversation on Younghill Kang, the first Korean-American novelist and a pioneer of Asian American literature. As they discuss the life and career of Kang and his novel East Goes West, the two eminent writers reflect on the emergence of Korean American literature in the 20th century and Kang's legacy. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1423-east-goes-west-younghill-kang-his-life-and-works
9/18/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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Prospects for Diplomacy with North Korea

September 16, 2020 - Join us for a discussion on challenges and opportunities for continued nuclear negotiations with North Korea, featuring Markus Garlauskas, former U.S. National Intelligence Officer for North Korea, Soo Kim, RAND, and Ankit Panda, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. What are the chances that North Korea denuclearizes and what can the U.S. and South Korea do to increase those chances? Should an interim deal with snapback measures be considered good progress, or should a comprehensive deal be pursued? For more information, please visit the link beow: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1422-prospects-for-diplomacy-with-north-korea
9/16/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
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US-Korea Relations: Defining the Alliance Anew with David Kang

September 10, 2020 - USC Professor and Korean Studies Institute Director David Kang joins Senior Director Stephen Noerper to discuss progress and challenges in Korea-US relations. They weigh the fallout from the host nation support talks, shifts in joint military exercises, and priorities in US-ROK relations, with an eye toward invigorating the alliance seventy years since the start of the Korean War. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1372-us-korea-relations-defining-the-alliance-anew
9/10/20201 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears with Tamar Herman

August 12, 2020 - America's leading authority on BTS, K-Pop, and East Asian entertainment, Tamar Herman returns to the Korea Society with her book BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears. BTS has conquered Western music charts and social media on their way to being the biggest band in the world. With record-breaking firsts and three Billboard No. 1 albums within a year, their music and messaging has gone on to transcend the limitations of language, geography, and genre. Going behind-the-scenes of today's biggest pop band and focusing on the members, the music and the fans, Tamar Herman brings the extraordinary story of BTS to life. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1412-bts-blood-sweat-tears-with-tamar-herman
8/13/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Korean War at 70 - Annual Armistice Day Salute

July 27, 2020 - The Korea Society honors the service and sacrifice of veterans on the anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, signed on July 27, 1953. This live, virtual ceremony combines historic video with remarks from Korea Society President Tom Byrne, the Korean Consul General to New York, Ambassador Won-sam Chang, Korean War Veterans Area Commander Salvatore Scarlato, and Korean War Veteran and retired US Congressman Charles Rangel. Scarlato and Rangel will receive the James A. Van Fleet award on behalf of American veterans who served during the Korean War at the Korea Society upcoming annual gala. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1388-the-korean-war-at-70-annual-armistice-day-salute
7/27/202036 minutes, 11 seconds
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Building and Protecting Your K-Brand in the YouTube Era

July 22, 2020 - The Korea Society and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) are delighted to present Building and Protecting Your K-Brand in the YouTube Era. Over the last two decades, YouTube has demonstrated its versatility, achieving far more than the launch of successful careers for the likes of Justin Bieber and BTS. Businesses of all sizes increasingly adopt this highly effective yet affordable advertising platform as part of their marketing strategy to attract audiences and drive sales. With this backdrop, our upcoming seminar will explore various legal and business aspects of managing content on YouTube while building your K-brand on this rapidly expanding channel. Keri S. Bruce, Partner at Reed Smith LLP will lead our first session by examining relevant copyright, trademark and advertising law issues. She will also offer practical guidance on minimizing potential risks and seeking infringement remedies. In the second session, you will hear insightful perspectives and first-hand experiences from three prominent K-brand YouTuber panelists - (1) MJ Choi, founder of I Love Dance, a popular K-pop dance studio which also creates K-pop content featuring various groups of dancers; (2) Seonkyoung Longest, a prolific producer of K-food cooking videos; and (3) Liah Yoo, founder of KraveBeauty, who shares her makeup tutorials and product guides. Zena Kim, Director of Litigation & Legal Operations at A&E Networks, will be moderating the panel discussion. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1408-building-and-protecting-your-k-brand-in-the-youtube-era
7/26/20202 hours, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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Side by Side: A Director's Talk with Glenn Morey

July 20, 2020 - Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World weaves the stories of nine inter-country adoptees—selected out of 100 original interviews— as they recall their families of origin, their relinquishment to orphanages, and their adoptions and lives abroad. Starkly minimalist, Side by Side is composed entirely of intensely intimate, first-person narratives, filmed in Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. Glenn Morey has worked in film since 1981 as a writer, creative director, commercial and documentary filmmaker, including as an Executive Producer for the Mustapha Khan documentary film, House on Fire: Black America Responds to AIDS, featuring Julian Bond, Rep. Maxine Waters, Kweisi Mfume, Maya Angelou, and many other African-American leaders; awarded Best Documentary for the Houston International Film Festival, broadcast on PBS and selected for a number of international film festivals. As the CEO of the Morey Group of branding, advertising, and online publishing companies, he is the recipient of hundreds of creative advertising awards, as well as recognition by Adweek and Advertising Age magazines. Glenn’s personal story as an inter-country adoptee from South Korea, was the initial motivating and creative force behind Side by Side. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1411-side-by-side-streaming-and-a-director-s-talk
7/21/202055 minutes, 30 seconds
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Marketing in a Digital World with Cathy Oh

July 16, 2020 - As consumers continue to cut the cord, how will we define the future of TV? How does this paradigm shift change the future of advertising? Cathy Oh, Global Head of Marketing & Analytics at Samsung Ads, explores these topics in conversation with CeFaan Kim, reporter at WABC-TV Eyewitness News. Throughout her career, Cathy has worked at some of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies including Samsung, Apple and NBC Universal. If you are a tech aficionado, or would like to learn about what it's like to be a woman in tech and media, join us for this intimate fireside chat. The Young Professionals’ Night program consists of industry professionals who share their career experiences and advice with the audience. All professionals seeking to expand their careers are encouraged to tune in. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1415-marketing-in-a-digital-world
7/17/20201 hour, 49 seconds
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Friend: A Novel & Popular Culture of North Korea with Immanuel Kim

July 9, 2020 - First published in Pyongyang in 1988, Friend by Paek Nam-Nyong is one of the few North Korean novels that has reached an international audience. Professor Immanuel Kim, the translator of Friend and a specialist in North Korean literature and cinema, offers a glimpse into contemporary life in North Korea through this novel and other popular culture from Pyongyang. "a beguiling introduction to the everyday, with none of the rockets and military parades that the words “North Korea” often bring to mind" - The New York Times For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1399-friend-a-novel-popular-culture-of-north-korea
7/10/202059 minutes, 16 seconds
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Korean Baseball: Answering the Call for Sport in the Covid Era with Chan Ho Park and Jerry Royster

June 29, 2020 - Korean professional baseball has caught the eye of sports-deprived American baseball fans during the coronavirus pandemic. Join us for a conversation about the unique and appealing aspects of Korean baseball, with former MLB and KBO pitcher Chan Ho Park, former manager of the Lotte Giants in Busan Jerry Royster, Yonhap baseball correspondent Jee-Ho Yoo, and former U.S. Ambassadors to Korea and Korean baseball superfans Kathleen Stephens and Mark Lippert. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1410-korean-baseball-answering-the-call-for-sport-in-the-covid-era-with-chan-ho-park-and-jerry-royster
6/30/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Korean War at 70 - Commemorating the Start of the Korean War

June 25, 2020 - The Society marks seventy years since the start of the Korean War with a tribute to those who served and sacrificed. Join for a special release featuring remarks by the Korea Society Board Chairwoman Ambassador Kathleen Stephens; General (ret.) Vincent Brooks, former Commander of the United Nations Command /Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea; Columbia University Law School Professor Jeong-Ho Roh; Korea Society President Tom Byrne; and Korea Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1387-the-korean-war-at-70-commemorating-the-start-of-the-korean-war
6/25/202026 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jazz Night with Grace Kelly

June 22, 2020 - Award-winning singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer Grace Kelly has built an incredible career in jazz, which includes the release of 13 acclaimed albums before entering her mid-twenties. In this Young Professionals’ Night webcast, Grace unpacks her stunning career in a chat with writer Will Friedwald. Join us as we dive into Grace’s musical journey -- from her first album release at the tender age of 12, to her performance at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, as well as winning the John Lennon Songwriting Contest $20,000 Song of the Year Award for her song "Feels like Home", and more. Furthermore, learn how she is adapting as an artist in the time of COVID-19. Plus, we have a special treat: socially-distanced performances by Grace Kelly from her very own living room -- including a special rendition of Arirang! The New York Times on Grace Kelly: “…broad tone and tenacious flow on the alto saxophone, clearly in possession of virtuoso talents… impressive singing voice, flitting among a range of styles.” For Grace Kelly's latest work, please visit her site: https://gracekellymusic.com For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1402-jazz-night-with-grace-kelly
6/23/202048 minutes, 38 seconds
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From Wine to Soju: Stories from the Master Sommelier with Kyungmoon Kim

June 19, 2020 - Early on in his life, Kyungmoon Kim discovered that he had an exceptional palate. As he immersed himself in the world of wine, he leveraged his palate and his natural aptitude for memorization to build an extensive base of wine knowledge. In 2016, Kyungmoon Kim won the Master Sommelier Certification and joined the Court of Master Sommeliers; currently, there are only 247 Master Sommeliers worldwide. Now Kyungmoon Kim is expanding the horizon in the beverage world and taking on the mission to bring exciting artisanal soju from Korea to the U.S. Listen to the Master Sommelier’s unique story and his exploration of the world of wine, traditional Korean liquors, and cocktails. He will also offer a few tips on creating delicious cocktails at home. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1398-from-wine-to-soju-stories-from-the-master-sommelier
6/22/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 17 seconds
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Young Professionals’ Night with Timothy Martin of The Wall Street Journal

June 15, 2020 - Over the months journalists have worked tirelessly to provide reliable and up to date information on COVID-19. Timothy Martin, Korea bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, is among these journalists. His reporting has shed light on the outbreak in South Korea, giving U.S. readers an in-depth account of the situation in the country and the actions taken to stem the spread of the virus. In this webcast, Timothy speaks with AAJA - NY chapter president, Frank Bi, on his experience covering the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea. He also gives us a look into his career in journalism, and shares his advice for journalists entering the field. The Korea Society is excited to present this Young Professionals’ Night webcast in partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association’s New York chapter. AAJA's New York chapter is the largest chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association with more than 770 members in New York and the surrounding region. Its mission is to advance the representation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in newsrooms as well as in the fair and accurate coverage of AAPI issues. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1409-young-professionals-night-with-timothy-martin
6/16/202046 minutes, 59 seconds
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North Korean Human Rights with Sandra Fahy and Sung-yoon Lee

June 11, 2020 - Harvard University visiting fellow and Sophia University professor Sandra Fahy joins senior director Stephen Noerper for a discussion of her latest work, Dying for Rights. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy professor Sung-yoon Lee, who reviews the book in Korean Studies, joins the discussion. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1386-north-korean-human-rights
6/11/20201 hour, 1 minute, 46 seconds
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Korea's Campaign against the Coronavirus Pandemic: A View from the Ministry of Economy and Finance with Dae Joong Lee

June 11, 2020 - South Korea’s impressive, timely and comprehensive strategy in controlling the spread of the coronavirus has earned praise from the director general of the WHO. In this webcast moderated by Korea Society President Thomas Byrne, Mr. Dae Joong Lee, Director of Development, Finance Division at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in South Korea, discusses how the country coordinated among ministries, agencies and the private sector in its response to the pandemic. The conversation will also examine the government’s fiscal measures taken to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1400-korea-s-campaign-against-the-coronavirus-pandemic-a-view-from-the-ministry-of-economy-and-finance
6/11/202047 minutes, 9 seconds
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Banchan Story: Korean Home Cooking with Shin Kim

June 4, 2020 - “Banchan” is often translated as “side dishes” and understood as “appetizers” at Korean BBQ restaurants. But that is not the whole story! Learn the real story of banchan, a category unto themselves and the ubiquitous feature of Korean home cooking. Shin Kim, a chef and culinary entrepreneur, will lead the viewers to explore the delectable world of banchan in its many forms and share some of her recipes that can be easily prepared at any home. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1397-banchan-story-korean-home-cooking
6/5/20201 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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The Korean War at 70 Veteran Tales with Sal Scarlato

June 3, 2020 - Korean War Veterans area commander and Long Island chapter head Sal Scarlato shares reflections on the Korean War years in conversation with senior director Stephen Noerper. Scarlato, a Marine veteran, offers insights on the sacrifice of those who served and efforts to raise awareness of the service and valor of Korean War veterans. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1374-korean-war-veteran-tales
6/3/202052 minutes, 4 seconds
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Frances Cha: If I Had Your Face

May 28, 2020 - A riveting tale of four women navigating contemporary Korea, If I Had Your Face is a debut novel from Frances Cha, a former travel and culture editor for CNN in Seoul. This utterly compelling novel follows the interconnected lives of four young women balancing on the edge of survival in contemporary Seoul, a world of strict social hierarchies, extreme plastic surgery and K-pop fan mania. Cha will discuss her debut novel and career as a journalist, always having a foot in both Korea and the US and writing about contemporary Korea in English. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1390-frances-cha-if-i-had-your-face
5/29/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Korean War at 70 - Honoring Korean War Veterans from around the World

May 21, 2020 - Korean War veterans advocate Hannah Y. Kim joins policy director Jonathan Corrado for a conversation on her global journey to meet Korean War veterans. Kim, founder of Remember 727 and former chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel, highlights the discussion with photos from her travels. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1385-korean-war-at-70-honoring-korean-war-veterans-from-around-the-world
5/22/202052 minutes, 15 seconds
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Indo-Pacific relations in the time of COVID-19

May 20, 2020 - What impact is the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic crisis having now and going forward on the relationships between the U.S., South Korea, and India? How does it impact their respective visions for the future of regional institutions and relationships in the Indo-Pacific? What is the prognosis for U.S. and Chinese leadership -- and rivalry -- and how does this impact the region? Is a regional economic or security architecture more or less possible, or desirable, post-pandemic? Join us for a conversation with Representative Ami Bera (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Study Group on Korea, Deputy Chief of Mission for the South Korean Embassy in Washington Moon Seoung-hyun, and President of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum Mukesh Aghi, moderated by Korea Society Board Chair Ambassador Kathleen Stephens. With vibrant economic ties and a common commitment to democracy, how can Washington, Seoul, and New Delhi work together to respond to transnational threats and a rising China? This program is produced in proud collaboration between the Korea Society and the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). FMC’s Congressional Study Group on Korea is a non-partisan, non-advocacy legislative exchange program that provides educational opportunities for Members of Congress and congressional staff on critical issues related to U.S.-ROK bilateral partnership. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1396-indo-pacific-relations-in-the-time-of-covid19
5/21/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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Reading in Translation: Korean Novels in the U.S. with Jae Won Edward Chung

May 19, 2020 - South Korean literature in translation has been experiencing a global efflorescence in recent years. There are at least 6 Korean novels being released in the United States in the first half of 2020, with more to follow. Professor Jae Won Chung will discuss the commercial and critical success of Korean novels in the United States, the types of Korean novels that appear to be popular in the international market, and the range of new styles, genres, and voices that soon-to-be published titles will offer English-language readers. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1380-reading-in-translation-korean-novels-in-the-u-s
5/20/20201 hour, 18 seconds
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Artist Talk: Ik-Joong Kang

May 15, 2020 - Internationally acclaimed artist Ik-Joong Kang in conversation about his art and career with Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, Curator of Asian Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1358-artist-talk-ik-joong-kang-with-dr-katherine-anne-paul
5/19/202051 minutes, 40 seconds
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Korean Inspired Glow: Young Professionals’ Night with Glow Recipe

May 14, 2020 - In these uncertain times, we regard self-care as a way to manage anxiety and alleviate stress. Often, skincare comprises an essential part of many self-care routines. Tune in to see how Glow Recipe co-founders, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, are adapting content during this time to align with a self-care centric beauty philosophy, and how they continue to lead Glow Recipe with a K-Beauty inspired approach for every product and campaign. Furthermore, discover how Sarah and Christine have transformed Glow Recipe, which began as a Korean skincare curation brand in 2014, into a successful skincare line of their own, with products such as the cult-favorite Watermelon Sleeping Mask. Aspiring entrepreneurs will not want to miss this program! Sarah and Christine's success in creating and leading Glow Recipe will undoubtedly offer valuable insight for starting a business. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1394-korean-inspired-glow
5/19/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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Becoming Kim Jong Un with Jung H. Pak

May 14, 2020 - Dr. Jung H. Pak discusses her new book - Becoming Kim Jong Un - on the rise of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, in conversation with Society President Tom Byrne. Pak, a Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and former CIA analyst, provides a behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s character and motivations and chronicles his nuclear ambitions and summitry with President Trump. The book is available for purchase at Penguin Random House. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1395-becoming-kim-jong-un-with-jung-pak
5/14/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Conversation Between Chefs with Esther Choi & Judy Joo

May 8, 2020 - What are the challenges a chef faces when she decides to open a restaurant? How do you break the stereotype that “women make good cooks, but men make better chefs”? And how do you not only survive but thrive in the hyper-competitive restaurant kitchens and food scene in New York and London? And what do you cook when you have to stay home, due to the unprecedented world-wide pandemic? Meet two inspirational chefs - who happen to be female Korean Americans - who are doing all that and more: Chef Esther Choi and Judy Joo, chef, television personality, and the author of Korean Soul Food. Listen and join in on their conversation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1362-a-conversation-between-chefs-esther-choi-judy-joo
5/8/202059 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chef Hooni Kim with Andrew Friedman

April 30, 2020 - A chef known for defining Korean food in America brings a powerful culinary legacy into your kitchen. Hooni Kim, chef/owner of Danji and Hanjan, will discuss his eagerly-anticipated cookbook, My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes, his insight and deep knowledge on Korean cuisine, and the challenges he faces as a restaurateur in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by Andrew Friedman. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1377-chef-hooni-kim-with-andrew-friedman
5/1/202057 minutes, 22 seconds
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Korean Election Analysis with Gi-Wook Shin

April 17, 2020 - Stanford University Professor Gi-Wook Shin joins Korea Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper for a timely breakdown of the April 15 Korean legislative elections. Professor Shin, Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Director of Korean Studies, and William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, examines the voice of the electorate and impact of the National Assembly election results for the Moon administration and Korean politics. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1360-korean-election-analysis
4/17/202056 minutes, 59 seconds
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Translating Korea's Coronavirus Response Playbook

April 16, 2020 - South Korea’s coronavirus response has been lauded for its integration of new technologies and aggressive trace-and-test measures. To help the international community understand this approach, a crowd-sourced team has translated Korea’s coronavirus playbook, a 90 page set of instructions made by the Korea Center for Disease Control advising local public health officials to plan for an array of contingencies. In this special podcast interview with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado, translation team leaders Alex Bae, Sehyo Yune, and Jungmin Hwang discuss the project and the insights gained from it. The document is available to view at the team’s website here. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1383-podcast-translating-korea-s-coronavirus-response-playbook
4/16/202023 minutes, 11 seconds
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COVID-19 - Lessons From South Korea with Dr. Kim Woo Joo

April 14, 2020 - Learn how South Korea managed to bring COVID-19 under control in this recorded interview between the Korea Society’s President, Thomas Byrne, and Professor of Infectious Diseases at Korea University Guro Hospital, Dr. Kim Woo Joo. Deemed by the media as South Korea’s “most prominent coronavirus expert”, Dr. Kim explains how he and the country learned from past epidemics to mobilize the public and private sectors to combat the novel coronavirus. Tune in to learn what lessons the U.S. and other countries can glean from South Korea’s successes. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1379-covid-19-lessons-from-south-korea-a-conversation-between-korea-s-top-coronavirus-expert-dr-kim-woo-joo-and-korea-society-president-thomas-byrne
4/15/202038 minutes, 10 seconds
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Geopolitics of Coronavirus: Japan and Korea

April 10, 2020 - Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Japan Studies Dr. Sheila Smith and Korea Society Senior Director Dr. Stephen Noerper examine the political impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Japan and Korea, in conversation with Japan Society President and CEO Dr. Joshua W. Walker and with an introduction by Korea Society President Thomas Byrne. In this live webcast program, co-hosted by the Japan Society and the Korea Society, the three discuss the domestic responses and impact of COVID-19 to date and regional implications, to include relations between the two states, Tokyo 2020 Olympics and evolving domestic realities. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1378-geopolitics-of-coronavirus-japan-and-korea
4/10/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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China’s Foreign Policy and Relations on the Korean Peninsula with Orville Schell

April 3, 2020 - Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society, examines developments in China’s foreign policy toward the Korean Peninsula in conversation with senior director Stephen Noerper. Schell discusses China’s commitment to denuclearization, orientation toward Pyongyang and Seoul, views on Korean unification, and the current news cycle, to include the geopolitics of the coronavirus response. For more information, please visit the link beow: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1354-china-s-foreign-policy-and-relations-on-the-korean-peninsula
4/3/202043 minutes, 42 seconds
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Regaining Lost Ground in the North Korean Human Rights Movement with Victor Cha and Lindsay Lloyd

March 26, 2020 - CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha and George W. Bush Presidential Center Director of Human Freedom Lindsay Lloyd discuss Cha's new report, Regaining Lost Ground in the North Korean Human Rights Movement in conversation with Korea Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1376-regaining-lost-ground-in-the-north-korean-human-rights-movement-with-victor-cha-and-lindsay-lloyd
3/27/202031 minutes, 8 seconds
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Beyond 32nd Street: "Korean" Restaurants of the Moment

February 27, 2020 - Three of the most acclaimed restaurateurs in New York talk about the past, present and future of “Korean” restaurants in the city and beyond: Simon Kim of Cote; Jenny Kwak of Haenyeo; and Ellia Park of Atoboy & Atomix. Moderated by Matt Rodbard. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1349-beyond-32nd-street-korean-restaurants-of-the-moment
2/28/202038 minutes, 7 seconds
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Changes in the North Korean Economy and what has yet to change Roundtable

January 30, 2020 - This public roundtable dialogue explores recent changes and pathways for reform in the North Korean economy, with special focus on transitions and lessons learned in Cuba. Jaime Reusche, Vice President and Senior Credit Officer for the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody’s Investors Service and Peter Ward, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vienna and NK Pro analyst, join Korea Society President Tom Byrne to share insights and analyses. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1344-changes-in-the-north-korean-economy-roundtable
2/13/202055 minutes, 55 seconds
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A Conversation with Director Bong Joon-Ho

Long before he swept the Oscars with Parasite, Director Bong Joon-Ho visited The Korea Society to talk about his career and films in February 2010. Listen to the highlights from his conversation with Michael Atkinson.
2/12/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 34 seconds
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Korea-Japan Relations: Looking Back, Looking Forward

February 7, 2020 - University of Connecticut History Professor Alexis Dudden explores recent history and possible overtures in Korea-Japan relations in conversation with Korea Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper. Exploring trade and historical disputes, as well as well as Washington’s past and potential involvement, Dudden, author of Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea and the United States, as well as a recent New York Times piece, examines signs of progress, possible offramps and continuing challenges. With the kind participation of the Columbia University Center for Korean Research. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1345-korea-japan-relations-looking-back-looking-forward
2/7/202034 minutes, 47 seconds
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Covering North Korea

January 30, 2020 - North Korea challenges reporters’ efforts at providing clarity and revealing hidden dynamics given information gaps and a lack of access. Korea Risk Group CEO Chad O’Carroll, NK News Podcast host Jacco Zwetsloot and freelance journalist and outgoing Asian American Journalist Association New York President Hannah Bae speak with Society Policy Director Jonathan Corrado on how reporters overcome these obstacles to gain credible and durable insight. For more information, please visit the links below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1343-covering-north-korea https://www.nknews.org/category/north-korea-news-podcast/latest
1/31/202040 minutes, 14 seconds
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Korea’s Regional Relations with John Park

December 5, 2019 - John Park, Korea Project Director at Harvard’s Kennedy School, joins Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper for a discussion on Korea’s current relations with Japan, China and the United States. Concluding a year that saw discord between Seoul and Tokyo and a pause in Washington-Pyongyang dialogue, Dr. Park addresses next-steps on the Peninsula and prospects for dialogue, denuclearization and enhanced regional relations. This program enjoys the support of Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR). For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1329-korea-s-regional-relations
12/5/201928 minutes, 46 seconds
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Korea Security Update with Former Commander General Vincent Brooks

November 21, 2019 - Retired General Vincent Brooks, former Commander of US Forces Korea/Combined Forces Command/United Nations Command, revisits the Korea Society for a discussion of the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, to include the latest on the US-ROK alliance, North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, dialogue efforts, and confidence building. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1328-korea-security-update
11/25/201952 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Nuclear Timeline with North Korea, featuring Jung Pak and Annika Betancourt

November 15, 2019 - North Korea has warned that it will pursue a so-called “new path” if substantive progress isn't made in negotiations with the United States by the end of the year. But what's behind this deadline, and what should we expect in the coming months? To find out, Korea Society Policy Director Jonathan Corrado sits down with two experienced analysts for insights on timelines, sequencing, and the art of diplomacy. Dr. Jung Pak is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She previously held senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Annika Betancourt is a visiting fellow at Brookings and has experience with diverse aspects of the North Korea portfolio, including human rights, humanitarian aid and diplomacy from her time with the U.S. State Department.
11/18/201922 minutes, 29 seconds
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US-North Korea Relations from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un

October 30, 2019 - History plays a role in shaping current events all over our the world -- but it seems to be especially alive in Korea. Scholars and practitioners that work on the Korean Peninsula can all agree on the importance of learning lessons from the past, but that is where the consensus stops. Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo is an Associate Professor in International Relations at King's College London and author of the book US-North Korea Relations from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un. In this discussion with Korea Society Policy Director Jonathan Corrado, Pardo attempts to “see through the cycle” and attribute rational explanations to Pyongyang’s mercurial behavior, asserting that North Korea’s has used brinkmanship and bargaining to achieve its main goal, which he considers to be diplomatic normalization with the US.
10/31/201918 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History

October 24, 2019 - Author Seth Berkman discusses the release of his new book on South Korea’s women’s hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. In conversation with Society Policy Director Jonathan Corrado, Berkman, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and SPIN and on ESPN, chronicles the tale of a group of young women who brought the Koreas closer in new ways. This program enjoys the support of Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR). For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1324-a-team-of-their-own-how-an-international-sisterhood-made-olympic-history
10/25/201934 minutes, 2 seconds
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New Thinking from Korea and China

October 17, 2019 - New generation scholars from Korea and China join Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper for a discussion on developments in regional politics and security, North Korea’s denuclearization, and visions for the Korean Peninsula. This National Committee on American Foreign Policy event offers unique insights from young professionals for members and media. Speakers include: Dr. Jihwan Hwang from the University of Seoul, Dr. Jina Kim from the Korea Institute for Defense Analysis (KIDA), Dr. Xiaoyu Pu from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Nan Li from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of American Studies. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1322-new-thinking-from-korea-and-china
10/17/201943 minutes, 23 seconds
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2019 Sherman Family Emerging Scholar Lecture - P'ansori Mountain Pilgrimages: Land as Interlocutor in Contemporary Korean Oral Performance and Literature

October 11, 2019 - University of Colorado Boulder Visiting Assistant Professor Ivanna Sang Een Yi addresses P’ansori Mountain Pilgrimages: Land as Interlocutor in Contemporary Korean Oral Performance and Literature. In a presentation both spoken and sung, Professor Yi conceptualizes the contemporary practice of p’ansori san kongbu, mountain study, as a form of pilgrimage. A reception follows the lecture, the third in this annual lecture series encouraging new thought leadership on Korea in the United States. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1321-2019-sherman-family-emerging-scholar-lecture
10/16/201953 minutes, 36 seconds
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Korean Sool 101

October 10, 2019 - Join us for a fun evening to learn about - and taste! - the signature alcoholic beverages of Korea: Soju and Makgeolli: what makes them so unique and tasty, and how they are becoming ever so popular outside of Korea. Meet the young Korean Americans continuing and putting their own marks on the tradition. Alice Jun is a champion for authentic Korean food and drink, and has been brewing makgeolli since she was a child. She started Hana Makgeolli as a passion project, but due to overwhelmingly positive feedback she received on her makgeolli, she is building Hana Makgeolli as the foremost purveyor of artisanal Korean rice alcohol in the U.S. Daniel Lee introduced soju, the popular Korean spirit, to his friend at George Washington University, Maxwell Fine, some time ago in New York. The two decided to make their own without artificial sweeteners and other additives, as a sideline to their day jobs in finance and law. Named for the Manhattan block known as Koreatown, they introduced West 32 Soju in 2017. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1332-korean-sool-101
10/15/201927 minutes, 56 seconds
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China-Korea Relations with Yang Xiyu

October 9, 2019 - Senior analyst Yang Xiyu, Senior Fellow at China’s Institute of International Studies, joins Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper for a discussion of China’s role on the Korean Peninsula, its relations with South Korea, recent meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and China’s commitment to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. An experienced diplomat, Yang was the inaugural director of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Office for Korean Peninsula Issues. This program enjoys the support of Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR). For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1320-china-korea-relations
10/9/201949 minutes, 22 seconds
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North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War? with William Overholt

October 3, 2019 - Harvard University’s William Overholt discusses the release of his new edited volume, North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War? with Society President Tom Byrne. Overholt tackles the range of approaches to North Korea, the interplay of development and security, leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, and challenges to alliance management. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1319-north-korea-peace-nuclear-war
10/3/201941 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Conversation with Jihoon Rim, former CEO of Kakao

Septermber 19, 2019 - Mr. Jihoon Rim, executive advisor and former CEO at Kakao and Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, shares his experiences as the leader of Kakao, the most widely used mobile platform in Korea. His in depth insight is relevant for young professionals seeking to expand their networks and deepen their knowledge of the Korean mobile platform industry. Burgeoning entrepreneurs will also benefit from Mr. Rim’s experience as CEO. This engaging discussion is moderated by Ms. Minnie Roh, CUNY TV’s news correspondent on Asian American Life. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1318-a-conversation-with-jihoon-rim-former-ceo-of-kakao
9/20/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hong Gildong, the Invincible and Righteous Outlaw by Professor Minsoo Kang

September 12, 2019 - Hong Gildong, who is sometimes referred to as the Korean Robin Hood, is by far the most famous literary character from classic Korean literature. His story as a maverick outlaw, powerful magician, and a wise king is told in the Joseon dynasty novel The Story of Hong Gildong. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of miscomprehension about the origin and nature of the famous work, the complexity of which has only recently been explored by scholars. In this lecture, Professor Minsoo Kang will offer a detailed examination of the history and literary significance of the novel and reveal little-known facts behind its authorship. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1315-hong-gildong-the-invincible-and-righteous-outlaw-by-professor-minsoo-kang
9/13/20191 hour, 22 seconds
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Korea-Japan Relations and the US Role

September 12, 2019 - Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Sheila Smith joins Korea Society Chairman Ambassador Thomas Hubbard for a discussion on the recent challenges to Korea-Japan relations posed by the dispute over Japanese export controls. Amid the growing discord, Smith and Hubbard weigh in on possible offramps and paths forward, as well as the nature of the US role in facilitating discussion among its two Northeast Asia allies. Co-sponsored with the Japan Society. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1317-korea-japan-relations-and-the-us-role
9/12/201931 minutes, 46 seconds
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ARMISTICE DAY SALUTE 2019 at Korean War Memorial in Battery Park

JULY 26, 2019 — NEW YORK —A ceremony to honor those who served in the Korean War took place on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 12 noon at the New York Korean War Veterans Memorial in Battery Park, New York. The event, which marks the 66th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953, is hosted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan The Korea Society, which promotes awareness, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Korea. The ceremony will feature the unveiling of a plaque that shows the newly updated Republic of Korea figures for casualties, wounded and missing in action in the war that waged from 1950-1953. Since the creation of the New York Korean War Veterans Memorial in 1991, the original statistics have been dramatically revised. South Korea’s official count has grown to 137,899 dead, 450,742 wounded, and 24,495 missing, while on the American side, the U.S. government reports 36,574 American dead, 103,284 wounded and more than 7,800 missing. The creation of the plaque is a collaborative initiative including active participation from New York City Council Member Paul Angelo Vallone (19th District), the Battery Conservancy, and the New York Korean Consulate. The event will honor New York-based Veterans of the Korean War representing both the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the South Korean military. The 20-minute ceremony will commence with the Presentation of Colors. Thomas J. Byrne, President of The Korea Society, and Ambassador Hyo-Sung Park, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York, will provide welcoming remarks. Council Member Vallone, who represents northeast Queens, will make brief remarks as will Salvatore Scarlato, President of the New York Department of the Korean War Veterans Association. The ceremony will conclude with Retiring of Colors and Solemn Taps played by SSG Daniel Haddock, West Point. “Today’s ceremony reminds us of the strong, continued U.S.-South Korea alliance that remains vibrant and crucial to peace and prosperity in the region, thanks to those who fought and died for both countries in the Korean War,” said Korea Society President Byrne. ARMISTICE DAY SALUTE 2019 Friday, July 26, 2019 | 12 PM Korean War Memorial at Battery Park New York, NY 10004 For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1305-armistice-day-salute-2019
7/31/201930 minutes, 17 seconds
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A Decade of K-pop: Korean Music's Ascent in the U.S. with Tamar Herman

July 11, 2019 - Ten years since Wonder Girls and BoA became the first Korean artists to appear on Billboard's main U.S. music charts, K-pop is at the forefront of the increasingly globalized U.S. music scene. With BTS undeniably at the top of the music world and Blackpink making K-pop history by performing at Coachella, K-pop is no longer an incidental phenomenon but an integral part of American pop culture of 2019. In this talk, Tamar Herman, K-pop columnist for Billboard, reflects on the rise of K-pop in the U.S. during the last decade and ponders its future. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1304-a-decade-of-k-pop-korean-music-s-ascent-in-the-u-s
7/12/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 33 seconds
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Passion in Entrepreneurship - Aligning Vision and Passion

June 27, 2019 - The path of becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy one. Robert Lee from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine and Celina Lee from Give One Dream will join moderator Joseph Juhn from KSE and share their experience in turning personal visions into businesses. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1302-lesson-learned-passion-in-entrepreneurship-aligning-vision-and-passion
7/3/20191 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Kaesong Re-examined

June 26, 2019 - The Kaesong Industrial Complex was a jointly run corporate park pairing South Korean capital and management with North Korean land and labor. A symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation and the hoped start to wider collaboration, Kaesong was launched in 2004 as part of the South Korean government’s Sunshine Policy, but closed down in 2016 after North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile testing. International Crisis Group senior adviser Chris Green is the author of a new report titled, “The Case for Kaesong: Fostering Korean Peace through Economic Ties.” It mobilizes new datasets to re-examine the park's legacy and impact.
7/2/201942 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hope For My People with Joseph Kim

June 24, 2019 - Joseph Kim was born and raised in North Korea. At the age of 12, his father died of starvation and he was separated from his mother and sister. In 2006, Joseph escaped North Korea into China. A year later, he was resettled in the United States as a North Korean refugee. Since then, Joseph has shared his story from the TED stage, has published a memoir, Under the Same Sky, has graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Bard College, and now works at the George W. Bush Institute as an assistant on the Human Freedom Initiative. Join us for a special event co-hosted with Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) as Joseph Kim recounts his fight to survive in North Korea, how he managed to escape and reach freedom, and why he believes there is hope for his people.
6/28/201958 minutes, 29 seconds
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Trauma Care and North Korea with Kee B. Park, M.D. and Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo

June 20, 2019 - Harvard Medical School Global Surgery Scholar Kee B. Park, M.D. and Korea Foundation-Vrije Universiteit Brussel Korea Chair Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo examine North Korea’s growing injury burden and the regime’s ability to respond. They address marketization, affluence, political factors, domestic and international resource mobilization, sanctions impact, and roadmaps for a multistakeholder national system. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1300-trauma-care-and-north-korea
6/21/201930 minutes, 59 seconds
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A Conversation on K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop at Lincoln Center

June 19, 2019 - K-Factor is a unique concert presented by Lincoln Center, casting a light on the often overlooked musical innovations and radical spirit of the global phenomenon that is K-pop. On June 20, a 50-piece symphony orchestra will perform live at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, with a program comprising a curated set of songs arranged to highlight the distinct musical ingenuity present in Korean music new and old. The selections showcase well-known hits by K-pop artists like Blackpink, BTS, EXO, Red Velvet, Seo Taiji and more, placing them in dialogue with noteworthy deep cuts and milestone recordings dating back to the early 1900s. The show seeks to create a historical and aesthetic context that is as entertaining as it is revelatory. For more information on the concert, visit www.kfactor.org. Meet Jakob Dorof, creative consultant of this original concert; Chris Lee, A&R Executive at SM Entertainment and CEO of CTGA Europe; and Soeun Lee, a K-pop star turned New York attorney. They will discuss the creative evolution of K-pop, the musical ingenuity and many signature features of Korean music new and old, and its ongoing impact on contemporary music around the world. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1303-a-conversation-on-k-factor-an-orchestral-exploration-of-k-pop-at-lincoln-center
6/20/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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Marketization and North Korea with Andray Abrahamian and Yonho Kim

June 13, 2019 - Stanford University Visiting Fellow Andray Abrahamian and Korea Economic Institute Nonresident Fellow Yonho Kim join Society President Thomas Byrne to discuss how North Korea’s marketization has impacted social ties, communication, governance, and culture. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1295-marketization-and-north-korea
6/13/201940 minutes, 35 seconds
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Korean Illuminated Sutra Transcription Talk & Demonstration with Kim Kyeong-Ho

May 8, 2019 - Master artist Kim Kyeong-Ho is a pioneer and transmitter of the art of Sagyeong, Korean Sutra Copying. He was appointed by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor as the sole Traditional Sutra Copying Skills Transmitter, and is both an accomplished artist and teacher of this unique art that had not been practiced for 600 years since the Joseon Dynasty. During the lecture, Master Kim will speak about the process and ingredients used in his sutra transcription as well as his philosophy and approach to this thousand years old art form. He will also demonstrate a transcription with gold powder for 5 minutes. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1294-korean-illuminated-sutra-transcription-talk-demonstration
5/14/201949 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Brief History of Han with Michael D. Shin

May 2, 2019 - The term han is difficult if not impossible to translate into English – at least not in a word or two. Words such as “rage” or “deep sorrow” are not sufficient to capture the complex of emotions that it evokes. Yet it is something that Koreans can readily identify when they see it. This talk examines some historical examples of han taken from both literature and real-life events. They will include the Great Revival Movement of 1907; the death and funeral of Sunjong, the last Korean emperor, in 1926; and both early-20th century and postwar literature. Through this examination, Prof. Michael Shin hopes to provide a better understanding of han – and of why generation after generation of Koreans seem to be able to feel it so acutely. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/education/item/1288-a-brief-history-of-han
5/7/201939 minutes, 12 seconds
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Russia’s Role on the Korean Peninsula with Georgy Toloraya

May 3, 2019 - Professor Georgy Toloraya breaks down the DPRK-Russia summit, Russian support for South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s peace offensive, and support for peninsular development in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1293-russia-s-role-on-the-korean-peninsula
5/3/201954 minutes, 50 seconds
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Korea Looking North and Looking South with Gordon Flake

April 18, 2019 - Professor Gordon Flake (Perth USAsia Center) offers perspectives on Korea Looking North and Looking South in a presentation to senior professionals at the Korea Society.
4/19/201921 minutes, 41 seconds
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New Generation Thinking in China and Korea with Zakary Dychtwald

April 11, 2019 - Author and Young China Group founder Zakary Dychtwald addresses generational dynamics affecting domestic politics and foreign policy in Northeast Asia. He examines aspirations, innovation and employment in conversation with Society associate director Jonathan Corrado. This event is co-hosted by the Columbia Business School’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1243-new-generation-thinking-in-china-and-korea-with-zakary-dychtwald
4/12/201941 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Origins of Kimchi and Soju with Michael D. Shin

April 4, 2019 - Kimchi and soju are staples of daily life in Korea and tend to represent the cuisine for foreigners. Though kimchi and soju are strongly associated with Korea, their history has remained elusive. Cambridge's Michael D. Shin delves into the origins of these foods by looking at the eating and drinking culture of the Joseon period. This gives us a fuller picture of the life of the peasantry during that time, helping us to understand what makes kimchi and soju so characteristically Korean. This talk introduces the book Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea, which presents aspects of the period from the perspective of the peasantry. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/education/item/1276-the-origins-of-kimchi-and-soju
4/5/201937 minutes, 39 seconds
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Next Steps on the Korean Peninsula featuring former Commanders Vincent Brooks and Walter “Skip” Sharp

April 3, 2019 - The Korea Society welcomes former United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea Commanders Generals (ret.) Vincent Brooks and Walter “Skip” Sharp for an insightful hour of analysis on Korea and prospects for peace and confidence-building going forward. General Brooks, who recently completed his tenure in Korea and spoke at Stanford University in March, reflects on the state of the US-ROK alliance, US negotiations with North Korea, and progress in inter-Korea relations, in conversation with General Skip Sharp, a member of the Korea Society Board of Directors. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1291-next-steps-on-the-korean-peninsula
4/3/201936 minutes, 24 seconds
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Federation of American Scientists International Study Group on North Korea Policy Briefing

March 28, 2019 - Adam Mount, Mira Rapp-Hooper and Ankit Panda discuss the results of a consensus effort of fifteen experts from the US, ROK, Japan, Canada, and UK to develop a strategy toward a North Korea that maintains nukes. They warn that without a major shift in strategy, a nuclear-armed North Korea will expand its ability to aggress against its neighbors, conduct illicit activities around the world, and resist efforts to improve the welfare of its population. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1239-federation-of-american-scientists-international-study-group-on-north-korea-policy-briefing
3/29/201940 minutes, 11 seconds
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ASIA WEEK ARTIST TALK: with Suh Seung Won

March 14, 2019 - Simultaneity presents an ongoing series based on the Korean Dansaekhwa monochrome movement by artist Suh Seung Won (b. 1941), a pioneer of geometric abstraction in Korean contemporary art. Expanding on a career across five decades, Suh’s Simultaneity series explores his continued meditations on the concurrence of time and space, expressed through interactions between geometric forms and the underlying surface. This exhibition primarily shows Suh’s works created between 1970 and the present, in which the rigid geometric forms found in his earlier works shift into more obscure, diaphanous patterns, creating new depths within the surface of the picture plane. This expansion of Suh’s previous abstractions produces works which appear monochrome from a distance, but upon closer examination are revealed to be composed of a variety of colors, allowing the artist to show the coexistence of the visible and the invisible aspects of reality. Suh seeks to enable the unseen to be seen through the use of the physical medium of paint to render the “world of nirvana”, the intangible phenomena beyond human awareness. The harmonious balance between space and form found in the Simultaneity series exposes a truth beyond the limits of visible human reality. For Suh Seung Won, these works explore the ways in which the consistency of time can be interpreted through the consistency of space in a unification of form, color and surface. Works by Suh Seung Won are included in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea), Seoul Museum of Art (Korea), The British Museum (UK), Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Japan), Shimonoseki Museum (Japan), and the Brooklyn Museum (US). His works have been featured in key international exhibitions, including “Five Korea Artists, Five Kinds of White” at the Tokyo Gallery (1975), “Korea: Facet of Contemporary Art” at the Tokyo Museum (1983), “Art Contemporain Coreén” at the Cordeliers Convent in Paris (1995), “The Facet of Korean and Japanese Contemporary Art” at the Gwangju Biennale (2000), and “Origin” at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris (2016). This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Donghwa Cultural Foundation. ASIA WEEK ARTIST TALK: with Suh Seung Won Followed by: Special recorded commentary by Raphael Rubinstein Art critic and curator Raphael Rubinstein will address the work of Suh Seung Won in the context of 20th century abstraction and contemporary painting, noting how Suh has developed a distinct approach that highlights the perceptual, meditative qualities of abstraction in which the borders between figure and ground seem to dissolve. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1266-asia-week-artist-talk-with-suh-seung-won
3/21/201945 minutes, 36 seconds
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Photography of North Korea with AP’s lead North Korea photographer Wong Maye-E

March 7, 2019 - AP’s lead North Korea photographer Wong Maye-E shares images of North Korea and its people, in conversation with Society senior director Stephen Noerper. This program enjoys the support of Columbia University's Center for Korean Research (CKR). For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1238-photography-of-north-korea
3/19/201949 minutes, 59 seconds
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Reflections on the Trump-Kim Summit with Joel Wit

March 1, 2019 - The Stimson Center and Korea Society provide a first look at the US-DPRK summit results. Project 38 North at the Stimson Center Director Joel Wit joins senior director Stephen Noerper in a rapid reaction assessment of the second Trump-Kim summit. This news maker event identifies takeaways, highlights dynamics between the US and North Korean leaders, explores progress toward denuclearization, and speaks to change in North Korea. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1246-reflections-on-the-trump-kim-summit
3/1/201932 minutes, 16 seconds
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The March First Movement: 100 Years On with Professor Michael Shin

February 28, 2019 - The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the March First Movement, the largest uprising against Japanese rule during the colonial period (1910-1945). The movement’s now mythic status in Korean nationalism has obscured much of its complexity. This talk with Prof. Michael Shin aims to put the movement into a broader context by discussing some of its lesser-known or forgotten aspects. By doing so, it will be possible to have a better understanding of how the movement was a crucial movement in the development of Korean nationalism and how it is important to understanding Korea today. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1248-the-march-first-movement-100-years-on
3/1/201941 minutes, 5 seconds
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Korean Film Today with Won Dong-Yeon

February 25, 2019 - Famed producer Won Dong-Yeon--the creative force behind Along with the Gods and Masquerade--speaks to the state of Korean film today and intricacies of the film industry at home. He also reflects on the power of Korean directors, producers and actors for the global box office. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1245-korean-film-today-with-won-dong-yeon
2/27/201957 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Nine Cloud Dream with Heinz Insu Fenkl

February 20, 2019 - Korea’s most prized literary masterpiece: a Buddhist journey questioning the illusions of human life—presented in a vivid new translation by PEN/Hemingway finalist Heinz Insu Fenkl Often considered the highest achievement in Korean fiction, The Nine Cloud Dream poses the question: Will the life we dream of truly make us happy? Written in 17th-century Korea, this classic novel’s wondrous story begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak in China succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. For doubting his master’s Buddhist teachings, the monk is forced to endure a strange punishment: reincarnation as the most ideal of men. On his journey through this new life full of material, martial, and sensual accomplishments beyond his wildest dreams, he encounters the eight fairies in human form, each one furthering his path towards understanding the fleeting value of his good fortune. As his successes grow, he comes closer and closer to finally comprehending the fundamental truths of the Buddha’s teachings. Like Hesse’s Siddhartha, The Nine Cloud Dream is an unforgettable tale that explores the meaning of a good life and the virtue of living simply with mindfulness. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1244-the-nine-cloud-dream-with-heinz-insu-fenkl
2/22/201946 minutes, 29 seconds
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Striving for Peace on the Bedrock of the ROK-US Alliance with Moon Hee-sang, Speaker of the National Assembly, Republic of Korea

February 14, 2019 - South Korea's National Assembly Speaker, the Honorable Moon Hee-sang, delivers an address on Striving for Peace on the Bedrock of the ROK-US Alliance. The speech comes in advance of the second summit between the US President and North Korean leader. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1247-striving-for-peace-on-the-bedrock-of-the-rok-us-alliance
2/14/201949 minutes, 19 seconds
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Human Rights and North Korea: Marking the Fifth Anniversary of the Release of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry Report

February 1, 2019 - Committee for Human Rights in North Korea Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu, Bush Institute Director for Human Freedom Lindsay Lloyd, and CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha speak to the landmark UN COI human rights report a half decade on from its release. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1236-human-rights-and-north-korea
2/1/201920 minutes, 21 seconds
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Talking to North Korea with Glyn Ford

January 25, 2019 - Track2Asia Director Glyn Ford discusses his new book Talking to North Korea with Society senior director Stephen Noerper. Informed by extraordinary access to the country’s leadership, Ford investigates the regime from the inside, acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply repressive state that nonetheless has sections of its leadership determined to end its isolation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1235-talking-to-north-korea-with-glyn-ford
1/25/201926 minutes, 56 seconds
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Love for Imperfect Things with Haemin Sunim

January 10, 2019 - Begin 2019 with renowned Buddhist teacher and writer Haemin Sunim. Born in Korea and educated in the United States, he has more than a million Twitter and Facebook followers. His books The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down--published in thirty languages--and Love For Imperfect Things have sold more than four million copies. Join Haemin Sunim for an hour of insightful conversation and reflection. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1232-love-for-imperfect-things-how-to-accept-yourself-in-a-world-striving-for-perfection-with-haemin-sunim
1/23/201928 minutes, 31 seconds
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Reading North Korea with Chad O'Carroll and Jan Janowski

January 15, 2019 - Korea Risk Group CEO Chad O’Carroll and German diplomat Jan Janowski examine how to navigate information deficits when communicating within or reporting on North Korea. Lean into the new year with this informative session aimed at policy and corporate supporters, members, and media. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1233-reading-north-korea-with-chad-o-caroll-martina-aberg-somogyi-and-jan-janowski
1/15/201934 minutes, 16 seconds
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Negotiations, Denuclearization and Inter-Korean Progress

December 20, 2018 - Join us for a discussion on opportunities and next-steps in negotiations on Korea. Eminent thought leaders David Kang and Thomas Hubbard keynote the discussion and appear in conversation with Thomas Byrne. This program follows-on the Fall 2018 address by ROK President Moon Jae-in to the Council on Foreign Relations/Korea Society/Asia Society. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1228-negotiations-denuclearization-and-inter-korean-progress
12/20/201841 minutes, 12 seconds
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Gender Politics of Kpop

December 6, 2018 - Dr. S. Heijin Lee, Assistant Professor at NYU and freelance journalist Lai Frances delve into representations of gender roles in Kpop. They explore the traditional notions of masculinity and femininity reflected in artists’ concepts and LGBTQ+ issues in Kpop. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1213-gender-politics-of-kpop
12/18/201845 minutes, 30 seconds
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Looking Back at 2018 with Jung Pak and Sue Mi Terry

December 6, 2018 - Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair Jung H. Pak and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair Senior Fellow Sue Mi Terry address the progress and pitfalls in inter-Korean relations, Seoul-Washington ties, and US-DPRK dialogue. Dr. Pak joins us at the Society, while Dr. Terry joins via video uplink. Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Director for Policy, moderates this lively and engaging discussion with Drs. Pak and Terry, two of America’s preeminent thought leaders on Korea. This event is co-hosted by the Columbia Business School’s APEC Study Center. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1225-korea-at-a-crossroads-looking-back-at-2018
12/13/201823 minutes, 48 seconds
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K-pop & Social Media

November 29, 2018 - Social media advances K-pop’s reach around the globe, with YouTube and Twitter buzzing with the latest content from Korean artists. Tumblr Content Insights Associate and K-pop specialist, Beatrice Vantapool, and BuzzFeed’s Sarah Han, explore how technology has connected and created fans worldwide. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1222-k-pop-social-media
12/5/201837 minutes, 27 seconds
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Women on Manhwa: The Future of Korean Comics

November 16, 2018 - While male-focused narratives have led Western and American comics, manhwa (Korean comics) are leading the charge for women and gaining popularity as a cultural export, reaching fans worldwide via mobile apps. Artists Narae Lee, Ministry of Culture Grand Prize winner, and Kyungran Park discuss their craft at The Korea Society. Sun Bang, CEO of TappyToon, provides insight into this rapidly expanding global industry. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1224-women-on-manhwa-the-future-of-korean-comics
11/21/201830 minutes, 49 seconds
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Aggregation: Artist Talk with Kwang Young Chun

November 15, 2018 - The Korea Society invites you to the gallery talk and closing reception of the exhibition, Kwang Young Chun: Aggregation. Artist Kwang Young Chun discusses his craft and the techniques used to create his acclaimed artwork. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1221-aggregation-artist-talk-closing-reception
11/20/201847 minutes, 48 seconds
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Capitol Hill and Korea with CRS experts Mark Manyin and Emma Chanlett-Avery

November 9, 2018 - Congressional Research Service Asia Affairs specialists Mark Manyin and Emma Chanlett-Avery speak on the US Congress and Korea issues. Authors of important CRS reports on US-South Korea relations and negotiating with North Korea, Manyin and Chanlett-Avery appear in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1215-capitol-hill-and-korea-with-crs-experts-mark-manyin-and-emma-chanlett-avery
11/9/201829 minutes, 41 seconds
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Future of Fintech: Technological Advancements and Disruption of Incumbents

November 1, 2018 - The Korea Society and the Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs Association (KSE) address the topics of fintech, financial services, and technology. Panelists explore how innovative technologies and influential tech entrepreneurs are disrupting and redefining the traditional finance industry. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1216-ypn-future-of-fintech-technological-advancements-and-disruption-of-incumbents
11/2/201849 minutes, 1 second
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Korea at a Crossroads: Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella With US Naval War College’s Terence Roehrig

October 25, 2018 - US Naval War College Professor and Asia-Pacific Studies Group Director Terence Roehrig discusses the nuclear umbrella in Northeast Asia in the context of deterrence theory and US strategy. In conversation with the Society’s Stephen Noerper, Roehrig examines the role of the nuclear umbrella in South Korean and Japanese defense planning and security calculations, including the potential for either the ROK or Japan developing its own nuclear weapons. Professor Roehrig also addresses US and South Korea efforts at North Korean denuclearization in this context. The Korea Society is co-hosting this program with Columbia University's Center for Korean Research. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1211-korea-at-a-crossroads-japan-south-korea-and-the-united-states-nuclear-umbrella-with-u-s-naval-war-college-professor-and-asia-pacific-studies-group-director-terence-roehrig
10/25/201828 minutes, 20 seconds
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K-beauty with Renée of Gothamista

October 11, 2018 - Delve into K-beauty with Renée, known online as Gothamista, a prominent beauty guru on YouTube! Having a keen interest in core ingredients used in K-beauty products, she shares the latest K-beauty skin care tips and her favorite skincare regime for the fall. Moderated by Devon Abelman, Allure’s digital beauty reporter, covering viral makeup trends, rainbow hair, K-beauty and more. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1203-k-beauty-with-renee-of-gothamista
10/18/201836 minutes, 32 seconds
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Nukes, Missiles, and Ways to Talk with The Diplomat's Ankit Panda

October 11, 2018 - The Diplomat’s Ankit Panda discusses North Korea nuclear weapons, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and diplomatic pathways aimed at mitigating these threats. Panda, also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, joins Associate Director Jonathan Corrado in this Young Asia Policy Professionals event, which is open to the public. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1201-nukes-missiles-and-ways-to-talk
10/12/201839 minutes, 51 seconds
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Remembering the 1988 Seoul Summer Games with Victor Cha and Stephen Noerper

October 2, 2018 - The 1988 Seoul Olympics represents South Korea’s first foray as international host and hub. Senior Director and Columbia Adjunct Professor Stephen Noerper leads a special lunchtime discussion marking the thirtieth anniversary of the closing ceremony of the ‘88 Summer Games, which proved vital for Korea’s global “coming out,” Seoul’s development, and democracy’s hold. This program features a special call in from Georgetown University Professor, and fellow sports diplomacy enthusiast, Victor Cha. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1200-remembering-the-seoul-summer-games
10/2/201828 minutes, 43 seconds
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Kpop and Beauty

September 27, 2018 - Styling and beauty are quintessential elements of the Kpop lifestyle. Devon Abelman, Digital Beauty Reporter at Allure Magazine, uncovers Kpop hair, skincare, and beauty trends. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1208-kpop-beauty
10/2/201837 minutes, 35 seconds
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Korea at a Crossroads: Inter-Korean Relations and Next Steps in US-DPRK Dialogue

September 27, 2018 - Asia business and policy veterans Philip Sherman and David Anderson convene an Old Asia Hands luncheon to discuss negotiations around the Korean Peninsula. This group of seasoned professionals weighs the prospects for success in current ROK-DPRK and US-DPRK negotiations, with remarks by Senior Director Stephen Noerper. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1199-korea-at-a-crossroads-inter-korean-relations-and-next-steps-in-us-dprk-dialogue
9/28/201847 minutes, 8 seconds
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Our Greater Alliance, Making Peace: A Conversation with President Moon Jae-in

September 25, 2018 - This event was produced in collaboration with Council on Foreign Relations and Asia Society. His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of Republic of Korea, addresses the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s alliance with the United States and efforts to denuclearize North Korea. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1206-a-conversation-with-moon-jae-in
9/26/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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Imagining the Impossible: The DMZ as a Productive Territory - Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture 2018

September 20, 2018 - Architect and educator Dongsei Kim--recipient of the 2018 Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture Series award--explores how the discipline of architecture and landscape architecture investigates the Demilitarized Zone. Through the prism of spatial design and with three concrete examples, Professor Kim argues for a reformulation of exclusionary border conditions into inclusive spaces that become synergistic and productive for both Koreas. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1197-imagining-the-impossible-the-dmz-as-a-productive-territory
9/20/201857 minutes, 20 seconds
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Development of Kimchi in Modern Days

September 13, 2018 - Kimchi is a staple side dish, known as banchan, in Korean cuisine. Made from salted and fermented vegetables, there are various types of kimchi, unique from region to region, depending on ingredients and weather conditions. Through its fermentation process, kimchi becomes a superfood containing vitamins A and B and minerals such as calcium and iron. Susan Durso, Founder of Anomaly Season, discusses her contemporary take on traditional kimchi with Lynda Liu, host of Feast Meets West, a podcast on Heritage Radio Network. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1193-development-of-kimchi-in-modern-days
9/18/201832 minutes, 1 second
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Korea at a Crossroads: North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa

September 13, 2018 - Professor and author Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr. discusses his new release, North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability. In dialogue with Senior Director Stephen Noerper, Bechtol speaks to the DPRK’s ongoing sales of conventional weapons, ballistic missile and WMD systems and technology, as well as collaboration, in the world’s more volatile regions. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1196-korea-at-a-crossroads-north-korean-military-proliferation-in-the-middle-east-and-africa
9/13/201843 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Case for Diplomacy: A Closer Look at Denuclearization Talks

September 7, 2018 - As discussions to denuclearize North Korea develop, a number of vexing problems, seen in previous negotiations, have resurfaced. How can the United States and South Korea avoid the trappings while still benefiting from the successful elements of the past? To find out, The Korea Society's associate director for policy Jonathan Corrado sat down with two experts from Ploughshares Fund, Director of Policy Tom Z. Collina and Roger L. Hale Fellow Catherine Killough. They shared insights to challenge the conventional wisdom and inject some fresh air into the conversation.
9/7/201833 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Economy of Kpop

August 23, 2018 - Communications Director of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington DC, Jenna Gibson, presents on the commodification of K-culture on a global scale. Ms. Gibson reflects on regional marketing strategies and the economic impact of Korea’s exportation of Kpop. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1192-kpop-101-series-the-economy-of-kpop
8/27/201843 minutes, 25 seconds
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The History of Kpop

August 2, 2018 - Billboard columnist and Forbes contributor, Tamar Herman, explores the origins of the hallyu wave. From Seo Taiji & Boys in the 1990s to international sensation BTS, how has Kpop evolved? Ms. Herman outlines the elements which distinguish Kpop, notes milestones, and discusses the potential of the global music phenomenon. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1189-the-history-of-kpop
8/3/20181 hour, 32 seconds
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Taste of Korean Temple Food with Wookwan

July 19, 2018 - The Korea Society welcomes Wookwan, cookbook author of Wookwan’s Korean Temple Food: The Road to the Taste of Enlightenment, to introduce Korean temple food built on the philosophy of Buddhism along with the long tradition of Korean cuisine. Korean temple food “does not only provide nutrition for a healthy body, but preparing the food is a practice of mediation as well.” Wookwan, a respected monk and temple-food expert, will demonstrate the preparation of several dishes while sharing knowledge on each ingredient on how to retain natural flavors. The event, co-organized by Korean Cultural Center New York and International Contents Platform, ICP, is not to be missed with inspiring talks followed by a tasting reception. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1176-taste-of-korean-temple-food-with-wookwan
7/20/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 46 seconds
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After Talks, What Next with North Korea? A Post Summit Assessment.

June 14, 2018 - How do we frame the Trump-Kim summit? What are critical next-steps? Get a Washington insider perspective with Mansfield Foundation President and CEO Frank Jannuzi and National Committee on North Korea Executive Director Keith Luse. Frank and Keith served as senior advisors to US Senate Relations Committee Chairs, and both bring unique contacts and sensibilities to this discussion on dialogue with North Korea and efforts to prevent conflict. Jannuzi and Luse join Korea Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper. This event is conducted in proud partnership with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1129-after-talks-what-next-with-north-korea
6/15/201844 minutes, 36 seconds
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Blockchain: The Revolution in Decentralization

May 17, 2018 - The Korea Society and the Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs association (KSE) address blockchain as a transformational technology and developments in blockchain and crypto markets affecting the South Korean economy. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/special-events/item/1097-ypn-blockchain-the-revolution-in-decentralization
5/18/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 57 seconds
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Evolution of North Korea’s Cyberthreat

May 11, 2018 - Priscilla Moriuchi, Recorded Future’s Director for Strategic Threat Development, discusses the evolution of North Korea’s cyber strategy, including cryptocurrency theft, sabotage, espionage, and everyday internet usage by Pyongyang’s elites. Priscilla is the former head of the National Security Agency's East Asia and Pacific cyberthreats office. Today, Priscilla uses a variety of tools to generate unparalleled depictions of North Korea’s state-level online behavior. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1092-evolution-of-north-korea-s-cyberthreat
5/15/201833 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Summits: A Diplomacy Discussion with Young Policy Professionals

May 10, 2018 - In this roundtable podcast recording, young professionals in Asia policy explore the implications and consequences of the Moon-Kim and Trump-Kim meetings. The discussion revolves around alliance relations, regional dimensions, precedents, new opportunities, and cautionary elements. Featuring: the Asia Society's Isaac Stone Fish, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy's Rorry Daniels, the Diplomat's Ankit Panda, and Columbia University's Henri Feron.
5/11/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 39 seconds
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A View into Pyongyang's Digital Life

May 1, 2018 - Priscilla Moriuchi, Recorded Future’s Director for Strategic Threat Development, has peered into the secretive online behavior of North Korea's elites, and she's here to tell us all about her findings. Combining an astute analysis of Pyongyang's strategic culture with unique access to digital data sets and shrewd analysis, Moriuchi gives us the low down on the drivers and patterns of North Korean digital life, including social networking, news gathering, and cyber attacks. Music credits: Track one courtesy of Elias Schutzman and Adam Bufano. Track two courtesy of Brian Moore.
5/1/201850 minutes, 39 seconds
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North Korea and Humanitarian Assistance

April 25, 2018 - Stanford University Center for International and Security Cooperation visiting scholar Katharina Zellweger addresses the current state of humanitarian efforts in North Korea. Having visited North Korea more than seventy times, Ms. Zellweger describes current challenges, transparency and government relations, and the impact of sanctions on humanitarian assistance to North Korea. Ms. Zellweger speaks to her current Hong Kong-based NGO efforts aimed at the disabled and children in institutions in North Korea. Kathi Zellweger speaks with the Korea Society’s Stephen Noerper. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1091-north-korea-and-humanitarian-assistance
4/25/201826 minutes, 31 seconds
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Finding Comfort in Asian Cuisine with Jeju Noodle Bar & Mr. Bing

April 19, 2018 - Chef Douglas Kim, owner of Jeju Noodle Bar in the West Village, presents ramyun, the Korean equivalent of Japanese ramen, demonstrating distinct Korean flavors and ingredients. Brian Goldberg, the owner of Mr. Bing, with locations in the East Village, Urbanspace, and Madison Square Park, serves Beijing-style jianbing, one of the most popular Chinese street foods. The two speakers share stories of promoting comfort foods perfectly suited to the taste buds of native Koreans and Chinese, while also appealing to customers in New York City and worldwide. Moderated by Matt Rodbard, the Editor in Chief of TASTE and author of Koreatown: A Cookbook, a New York Times bestseller. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1084-finding-comfort-in-asian-cuisine-with-jeju-noodle-bar-mr-bing
4/24/201856 minutes, 55 seconds
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Director’s Talk with Jang Jin

April 13, 2018 - Accomplished film, television, and theater director Jang Jin speaks at The Korea Society. The creative talent behind films such as Good Morning President and Welcome to Dongmakgol, Director Jang shares his experience working in various sectors of the Korean entertainment industry. Moderated by Samuel Jamier of Subway Cinema. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1089-director-s-talk-with-jang-jin
4/16/20181 hour, 19 minutes, 37 seconds
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Russia, Korea and Prospects for Multilateral Dialogue

April 11, 2018 - Russian scholar Anna Kireeva returns to the Korea Society for a discussion on Russia’s position toward the Korean Peninsula and support for multilateral dialogue aimed at denuclearization. Moscow State University of International Relations Associate Professor Kireeva speaks to President Putin’s re-election and enhanced push in Asia, accusations of Russia’s role as a spoiler on the UN Security Council given differences with the US and others, and its potential contribution to expanding peace on the Korean Peninsula. Dr. Kireeva speaks with Dr. Stephen Noerper, Korea Society Senior Director. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1088-russia-korea-and-prospects-for-multilateral-dialogue
4/11/201858 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Marshall Plan in Retrospect: Implications for the Modern World

April 6, 2018 - Dr. Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses his new book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. Dr. Steil uses archival documents to portray how the initiative’s champions in the State Department were able to realize this grand plan despite immense complexity, uncertainty, and pushback at home and abroad. Steil explains the significance and implications of the Marshall Plan for our modern world, including lessons learned for the Korean Peninsula. Steil joins Korea Society President Tom Byrne in conversation. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1087-the-marshall-plan-in-retrospect-implications-for-the-modern-world
4/6/201852 minutes, 45 seconds
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US-DPRK Summit: Too Big to Fail and Multiple Dimensions of Risk

April 4, 2018 - Dr. Jung H. Pak, SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, addresses the lead-up to the potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Dr. Pak speaks to areas of potential progress, provides cautionaries, and articulates the challenges associated with the historic meeting. Dr. Pak also addresses how a Kim-Trump meeting could possibly shift regional dynamics and what that would mean for US policy. Dr. Pak speaks with Dr. Stephen Noerper, Korea Society Senior Director. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1083-us-dprk-summit-too-big-to-fail-and-multiple-dimensions-of-risk
4/4/201855 minutes, 36 seconds
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Innovate and Attack: North Korea Doubles Down on Cyber

March 9, 2018 - North Korean cyber attacks are hitting the headlines on almost a daily basis as the regime demonstrates an increased ability to innovate and expand the scope of their cyber operations. The Korea Society talks to AlienVault threat analyst Chris Doman, who teaches us about the North's largest hacking group and Pyongyang's latest innovation - hacking cryptocurrency. Music courtesy of Elias Schutzman and Adam Bufano. 
3/9/201825 minutes, 14 seconds
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North Korea, Inc.: A Breakthrough?

March 7, 2018 - Does the announcement of North Korea's willingness to negotiate with the US represent a breakthrough? Did the maximum pressure campaign of sanctions and deterrence move Pyongyang to the announced inter-Korean summit and possibly the negotiation table with the Americans? Is there more at play or is this part of the strategy of North Korea Inc.? Are Seoul and Washington in alignment in dealing with North Korea Inc.? Harvard University Kennedy School's Korea Working Group Director, Dr. John Park, addresses media, members and other supporters on the breaking headlines, as well as on the evolution (and devolution) of North Korea’s external trade and commercial ties, notably with China. Dr. Park joins in dialogue with Dr. Stephen Noerper, senior director for policy at the Korea Society and adjunct professor at Columbia University. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1071-north-korea-inc
3/7/201855 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dialogue with a North Korean Defector featuring Seongmin Lee

February 22, 2018 - Join an intimate conversation with defector Seongmin Lee, who escaped North Korea in 2009. Hailing from the border town of Hyesan, Lee witnessed the tumultuous social and economic change in the wake of the 1990s famine. Lee converses with associate policy director Jonathan Corrado in this event marking the fourth anniversary of the release of the UN Commission of Inquiry Report on North Korea human rights. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1070-dialogue-with-a-north-korean-defector
2/24/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 11 seconds
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Korea's Transition to Democracy: Thirty Years On (Part 2)

February 16, 2018 - Part 2 of this series - Marking thirty years since the shift from authoritarianism to democracy in South Korea, the Korea Society hosts analysts and experts for an intimate discussion of the transition then, the flowering of democracy since, to include the Candlelight Movement, and the state of Korea’s democracy today. This is a small-group, special recording session. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1068-korea-s-transition-to-democracy-thirty-years-on
2/23/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 31 seconds
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Korea's Transition to Democracy: Thirty Years On (Part 1)

February 15, 2018 - Marking thirty years since the shift from authoritarianism to democracy in South Korea, the Korea Society hosts analysts and experts for an intimate discussion of the transition then, the flowering of democracy since, to include the Candlelight Movement, and the state of Korea’s democracy today. This is a small-group, special recording session. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1068-korea-s-transition-to-democracy-thirty-years-on
2/21/20181 hour, 43 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Rise of K-fashion, LIE

February 12, 2018 - Step into the global phenomenon known as Hallyu, or the Korean wave, with Chung Chung Lee, creator behind the fashion label LIE and son of legendary designer, LIE SANG BONG. Chung Chung is a pioneer in expanding awareness of Korean fashion at 2018 New York Fashion Week through “Concept Korea,” a biannual fashion show supported by South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. At the Korea Society's event, Chung Chung shares the inspiration behind his past seasonal fashion shows. For fashionistas interested in learning more about up-and-coming K-fashion trends, this event is not to be missed! For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/item/1075-the-rise-of-k-fashion-lie
2/13/201832 minutes, 30 seconds
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Politics, Policy, and PyeongChang 2018

February 7, 2018 - These first-Wednesday monthly roundtables draw members and supporters from policy, corporate, media, academe, and the United Nations to discuss and debate Korea’s leadership, regional relations or the North Korea challenge. The 2018 kickoff addresses issues of politics and policy in the lead-up to the Winter Games and takes place two days prior to the Opening Ceremonies. Korea Society senior director and Columbia adjunct professor Stephen Noerper addresses the lead-up to the Winter Games with a call-in from the Council on Foreign Relations' Scott Snyder and the Center for a New American Security's Patrick Cronin. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1063-politics-policy-and-pyeongchang-2018
2/7/201825 minutes, 7 seconds
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South Korea at the Crossroads with Scott Snyder

February 1, 2018 - Against the backdrop of China’s mounting influence and North Korea’s growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects and national security. In South Korea at the Crossroads, Scott A. Snyder examines the trajectory of fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions—and a prescription—for the future. Pairing a historical perspective with a shrewd understanding of today’s political landscape, Scott Snyder contends that South Korea’s best strategy remains investing in a robust alliance with the United States. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1062-south-korea-at-a-crossroads
2/2/201829 minutes, 38 seconds
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Forecasting Korean Politics and Security with Sue Mi Terry

January 26, 2018 - This noon session serving policy and corporate leaders examines politics, stability and security on and around the Korean Peninsula. This session features Dr. Sue Mi Terry, who has assumed leadership of Korea programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Terry, who appears widely in media and was featured at a recent New Yorker event, speaks with Dr. Stephen Noerper, Korea Society senior director, and lends thoughts to likely developments in politics and security for Korea and her neighbors in 2018. For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1061-forecasting-korean-politics-and-security
1/26/201839 minutes, 25 seconds
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Heungnam Remembered

December 15, 2017 - Author Ned Forney and retired Admiral J. Robert Lunney discuss the Heungnam Evacuation and Lunney’s “Ship of Miracles” in this special holiday event commemorating the United Nation’s first humanitarian evacuation. Forney speaks to his major Seoul daily release profiling six descendants of those saved, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Lunney, who welcomed President Moon to Virginia during his first US visit as President, shares reflections on those harrowing days, acts of heroism, and the extraordinary flight to freedom. A holiday reception follows, marking the December 1950 evacuation for members and guests, to include visitors from the United Nations nearby. The event also marks the 60th anniversary of the first Korea Society board meeting on December 12, 1957. Come celebrate the holidays and be touched by tales of sacrifice and the triumph of the human spirit and Korea-US friendship. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/heungnam_remembered.html
12/15/201749 minutes, 33 seconds
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PyeongChang 2018 Launch featuring Olympic Committee President Lee Hee-beom

November 14, 2017 - The Hon. Lee Hee-beom, President and CEO of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, speaks to members, media and dignitaries in advance of the XXIII Winter Games. The day after a United Nations resolution supporting the Games, President Lee shares insights into the path toward PyeongChang, final steps ahead of the February 9 Opening Ceremonies, and his hopes for PyeongChang and Korea as grand host of these historic events. Joining President Lee will be Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism the Hon. Do Jonghwan, Gangwon Province Vice Governor Song Seokdoo, and Paralympic hockey star Jung Seunghwan. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/pyeongchang_2018_launch_featuring_olympic_committee_president_lee_hee-beom.html
11/15/201744 minutes, 49 seconds
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Trump in Asia

November 9, 2017 - Pacific Forum CSIS President Ralph Cossa discusses the political and security landscape of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. President Cossa reflects on North Korea’s uptick in missile and nuclear capabilities, challenges in Korea-US relations, trilateral coordination among Korea, the US and Japan, and China in the wake of the 19th People’s Congress. Senior director and Columbia adjunct professor Stephen Noerper facilitates this special year-end wrap-up on politics and security around the Korean Peninsula. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/politics_and_security_in_korea_and_northeast_asia_year_in_review.html
11/13/201715 minutes, 38 seconds
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Korea-Russia-China Relations: New Realities for the Korean Peninsula

November 8, 2017 - Will Russia play a constructive role in helping stem tensions around the Korean Peninsula? Or will it play the role of spoiler given a decline in US-Russia relations? How do the approaches of Moscow toward Pyongyang and Seoul square with those of Beijing? How is South Korea responding? Noted Russian professor Anna Kireeva speaks to dynamics in Korea’s relations with Russia and China, as well as Russia’s Asia pivot, as part of the Society’s ongoing series on Korea’s regional relations in this special luncheon discussion. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/korea-russia-china_relations_new_realities_for_the_korean_peninsula.html
11/8/201740 minutes, 47 seconds
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Insights on President Donald Trump's First State Visit to Seoul

November 8, 2017 - Korea Society President Thomas Byrne calls in from Seoul to give us insights on President Donald Trump’s first state visit to the Blue House. As the security threat from North Korea grows, Tom provides on the ground impressions and reflections on the US-Korea alliance, the personal relationship between President Trump and President Moon, and the US-Korea trade relationship. Tom, who is also coming off a trip to Beijing, then discusses the upcoming Trump-Xi visit, highlighting the major issues that will dominate those talks.
11/8/201712 minutes, 28 seconds
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Advancements in Higher Education for Women featuring Ewha Womans University President Heisook Kim

October 26, 2017 - Members, professors, students and alumni gather to hear Ewha Womans University President Heisook Kim. Among the forefront of Korean educators, President Heisook Kim speaks to the challenges and opportunities in higher education and the growth of women leaders. An alumni reception follows. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/growing_women_leaders_featuring_ewha_womans_university_president_heisook_kim.html
11/1/201727 minutes, 35 seconds
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Gallery Talk - Po Kim: Making Impossible Demands on Art

October 23, 2017 - In the course of his career, painter Po Kim worked in three distinct modes, gestural abstraction, realist still-life and symbolist figuration. Raphael Rubenstein's talk will examine each of these periods and look at how Po Kim's work related to the art of the period, especially that of other artists working in New York. Rubenstein will also seek to understand the motives that sparked his stylistic restlessness, and ask whether his early experiences of war and violence in Korea and Japan may have helped inspire his evident faith in the power of art. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/arts-culture/gallery-talks/po_kim_making_impossible_demands_on_art.html
10/24/201746 minutes, 58 seconds
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King of Spies with author Blaine Harden

October 3, 2017 - Best-selling author and former Washington Post Northeast Asia bureau chief Blaine Harden discusses his riveting King of Spies on its date of release. His third work on Korea recounts the untold story of one of the most powerful spies in US history working on the Peninsula during the Korean War. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/king_of_spies_with_author_blaine_harden.html
10/6/201745 minutes, 9 seconds
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Stumbling Into a War Nobody Wants: How to Avoid Conflict with North Korea

October 5, 2017 - Are the United States and North Korea on a collision course? Does tough rhetoric mean eventual conflict? The Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner and BowerGroup Asia’s Sue Mi Terry speak to the current high tensions around the Korean Peninsula and ways forward. Both met with North Korean representatives in Stockholm, and these two premier analysts are among those to whom North Korea has reached out for a better understanding of the Trump Administration and its Korea policy. Society senior director Stephen Noerper facilitates this special rapid-reaction, lunchtime dialogue. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/policy/stumbling_into_a_war_nobody_wants_how_to_avoid_conflict_with_north_korea.html
10/5/201736 minutes, 59 seconds