USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Global Conference in Seoul, Korea May 23-25, 2013


May 23-25, 2013


The USC Korean Studies Institute was deeply involved in the recent USC Global Conference, held in Seoul, Korea, this past weekend. From hosting a panel on K-Pop, to organizing a visit to the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in downtown Seoul, the Korean Studies Institute was proud to be helping connect USC to Korea.

The day before the conference, KSI Director David Kang used his friendship with Sung Kim, US Ambassador to the ROK, to organize a visit to the ambassador’s residence in downtown Seoul. Ambassador Kim hosted the group for a briefing about current issues in Korea and a general discussion about US-Korea relations. The USC group included Provost Beth Garrett, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Dean Steven Kay, and Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis Yortsos. Also attending were Sejong Society members John and Sue Lee and Patty Yoon, along with USC Alumni Board of Governor’s member Jaime Lee (JD’09), and KSI Associate Director Elaine Kim. The ambassador’s residence is a hidden gem, a traditional Korean house located directly behind Doksugung Palace.

The Korean Studies Institute also hosted a panel exploring the influence of K-Pop and worldwide interest in Korean movies, music, and television dramas. The panel featured Kahi, one of Korea’s most successful entertainers; Bernie Cho, a music industry executive with experience at MTV Korea before starting his own company; and Youngmin Choe, USC EALC professor with expertise in Korean cinema and media. More than simply a celebration of Korea’s increasing global visibility, the panel also explored the difficulties the industry faces, and the stresses it puts upon entertainers.

The USC Global Conference was a wonderful success, and allowed the KSI to renew old friendships, meet new alumni and parents in Korea, and to showcase many of the activities that have made the USC Korean Studies Institute such a vibrant and growing element of USC’s continued academic rise.

For more information about the conference, please visit

For pictures from the conference, please visit the USC Global Conference Photo Gallery.


Grand Hyatt, Seoul, South Korea


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