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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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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.

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Jan 14, 2021
"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.

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Dec 22, 2020
Evolving Roles of the UN in the Korean Peace Process

A joint program with NCNK

Gen (ret.) Vincent Brooks
Suzanne DiMaggio
Amb. Jeffrey Feltman

in conversation with Keith Luse and Stephen Noerper

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Dec 18, 2020
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.

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Dec 11, 2020
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.

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Dec 08, 2020
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.

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Dec 04, 2020
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.

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Dec 03, 2020
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.

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Nov 26, 2020
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.

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Nov 19, 2020
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.

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Nov 19, 2020
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.

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Nov 13, 2020
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.

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Nov 12, 2020
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.

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Nov 05, 2020
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.

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Oct 30, 2020
[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.

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Oct 27, 2020
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.

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Oct 15, 2020
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.

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Oct 09, 2020
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.

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Oct 01, 2020
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

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Sep 25, 2020
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.

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Sep 18, 2020
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?

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Sep 16, 2020
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.

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Sep 10, 2020
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.

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Aug 13, 2020
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.

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Jul 27, 2020
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.

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Jul 26, 2020
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.

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Jul 21, 2020
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.

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Jul 17, 2020
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

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Jul 10, 2020
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.

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Jun 30, 2020
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.

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Jun 25, 2020
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.”

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Jun 23, 2020
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.

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Jun 22, 2020
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.

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Jun 16, 2020
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.

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Jun 11, 2020
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.

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Jun 11, 2020
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.

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Jun 05, 2020
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.

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Jun 03, 2020
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.

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May 29, 2020
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.

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May 22, 2020
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.

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May 21, 2020
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.

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May 20, 2020
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.

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May 19, 2020
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.

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May 19, 2020
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.

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May 14, 2020
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.

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May 08, 2020
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.

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May 01, 2020
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.

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Apr 17, 2020
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.

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Apr 16, 2020
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.

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Apr 15, 2020
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.

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Apr 10, 2020
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.

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Apr 03, 2020
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.

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Mar 27, 2020
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.

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Feb 28, 2020
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.

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Feb 13, 2020
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.

Feb 12, 2020
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.

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Feb 07, 2020
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.

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Jan 31, 2020
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).

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Dec 05, 2019
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.

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Nov 25, 2019
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.

Nov 18, 2019
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.

Oct 31, 2019
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).

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Oct 25, 2019
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.

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Oct 17, 2019
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.

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Oct 16, 2019
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.

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Oct 15, 2019
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).

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Oct 09, 2019
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.

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Oct 03, 2019
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.

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Sep 20, 2019
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.

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Sep 13, 2019
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.

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Sep 12, 2019
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.

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 12 PM
Korean War Memorial at Battery Park
New York, NY 10004

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Jul 31, 2019
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.

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Jul 12, 2019
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.

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Jul 03, 2019
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.

Jul 02, 2019
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.

Jun 28, 2019
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.

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Jun 21, 2019
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

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.

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Jun 20, 2019
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.

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Jun 13, 2019
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.

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May 14, 2019
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.

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May 07, 2019
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.

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May 03, 2019
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.

Apr 19, 2019
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.

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Apr 12, 2019
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.

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Apr 05, 2019
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.

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Apr 03, 2019
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.

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Mar 29, 2019

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.

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.

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Mar 21, 2019
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).

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Mar 19, 2019
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.

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Mar 01, 2019
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.

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Mar 01, 2019
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.

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Feb 27, 2019
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.

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Feb 22, 2019
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.

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Feb 14, 2019
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.

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Feb 01, 2019
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.

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Jan 25, 2019
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.

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Jan 23, 2019
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.

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Jan 15, 2019
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.

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Dec 20, 2018
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.

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Dec 18, 2018
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.

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Dec 13, 2018