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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2012

19 Publications

The View from South Korea

Change over continuity is now the tenor of the times on the Korean peninsula and beyond. For one thing, the year 2012—dubbed “Super Year”—has begun with election-year politics in many capitals including Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Taipei, and Washington. For another, the passing of Kim Jong-il has added a new uncertainty…

South Korean National Identity Gaps with China and Japan

Read the Chinese Internet and mainstream publications, and you will find virulent charges against South Korean attitudes toward China.1 Peruse even a small sample of a vast outpouring of Japanese popular books on South Korea or previous copies of Sankei shimbun, and you cannot miss the hyperbolic accusations against South…

Diverging Trajectories of Trust in Northeast Asia: South Korea’s Security Relations with Japan and China

Most studies of contemporary Northeast Asian security focus on the U.S. interaction with China, Japan or South Korea and are concerned with aspects of national power.1 The present chapter takes a more intra-regional and sociological approach, examining trends in mutual trust within Beijing and Tokyo’s security relations with Seoul.2 Focusing…

A Cognitive Approach to Ethnic Identity Construction in the Korean Enclave in Beijing

With increasing economic interdependence between South Korea and the PRC since the 1990s, in recent years, over two million South Koreans are reported to cross the sea for tourism and employment opportunities in China each year.1 Many of the first South Korean grass-roots entrepreneurs who ventured to the PRC in…

The U.S. Approach to Regional Trade Agreements Involving East Asia

The U.S. government has had a long and convoluted approach to the issue of bilateral or regional trade agreements involving East Asian countries. This paper focuses on three key aspects of this history: the intellectual battle between global and bilateral or regional approaches to trade agreements, the relationship of trade…

South Korea: Which Way Will it Go on Asian Integration?

Since 1990, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), including Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Customs Unions, have spread rapidly on the basis of the WTO system that was launched in 1995; 224 FTAs were reported to GATT/WTO by late 2011, many of them in Asia.1 Korea, China and Japan have already signed…