Tagged: South Korea

‘Pay It Forward’ in the Age of Anti-Immigration

In mid-April, one of the personnel at a global immigration law firm came to me after seeing me in a series of TV interviews on current international affairs, and explained that his firm wants me to give a keynote at an upcoming immigration conference his firm will be hosting. He had looked up my research profile […]

US Visit – East Asian Policymaking Workshop

I recently returned from a trip to five major US cities in the Northeast – New York, Middletown, New Haven, Boston, and Washington, DC – via the Incheon International Airport in Seoul from May 15 to May 29. The trip was planned around the East Asian Policymaking Workshop at Wesleyan University. Because the trip was […]

New Beginnings for South Korea

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea’s decision to impeach (former) President Park Geun Hye and her departure from the Blue House comes at a difficult time when the country strives to find a way to make things anew. These are very challenging times both domestically and externally. Economic downturn, rapid aging of the […]

Completing a Fellowship in Washington – South Korea and the TPP

On the first day of the year 2015, I moved from Boston to the Greater Washington DC area to serve as Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. At the EWC, I would focus specifically on intellectual property issues in the TPP negotiations and the ramifications for U.S.-Northeast Asian economic relations. However, for […]

Contemplating the Future of the Two Koreas

About a month ago, I attended my second and last conference as Korea Foundation Fellow for the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies. My first conference participation was in Maui, Hawaii in June, and my second one was in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because the first conference involved participants from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan, […]

High School Education in Japan and South Korea

A while ago, a local college in Boston contacted me and asked if I could deliver a lecture for a group of Japanese high school students visiting the United States. After some days of negotiating on the compensation, I decided to do a lecture on U.S. foreign economic policies with a focus on Northeast Asia […]

Befriending India: The Next Economic Partner for South Korea and Japan

Prior to the reforms that the Indian government undertook in the early 1990s, India was known to the world as a country of abundant cultural heritage, but also a country in possession of the irrational caste system, with a vast majority of its citizens living in poverty. After almost two decades of economic and political transformation, India is taking the steps to reach out to its East Asian neighbors.

South Korea: Never-Ending Leadership Crises

The global economic crisis jeopardizes both politics and the economy

In the midst of a global economic turmoil, Northeast Asia’s leaders struggle to find an exit from the crisis. Domestic approval rates show that the incumbents, President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea has a long way to go.