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Yu Na Choi

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Yu Na Choi is a student majoring in international relations at Seoul National University. Yu Na’s main research interests include the role of political ideology in South Korea’s public and foreign policymaking.

As part of her undergraduate studies, she analyzed the role of political ideology in shaping public acceptance of both international economic agreements and fiscally expansionary policies in response to the pandemic.

Yu Na is also interested in the balance of power in Korea’s democratic system and human rights issues such as the domestic and international implications of South Korea’s refugee policy.

A recent hearing by the Congressional Human Rights Commission expressed hopes for a breakthrough in South Korea’s refugee policies under the Yoon administration. Despite its growing international status and economic power, the country retains an extraordinarily low refugee acceptance rate of 1.5%. South Korea’s refugee policies have been so far shaped by political expedience, not…

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July 4, 2022

On June 20, 2022, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) began recruiting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for a new program designed to bolster SMEs’ preparation against international patent disputes. This reflected Korea’s recognition of SMEs as a leader in the country’s technological advancement. According to the KIPO, the total number of patent applications in…

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June 27, 2022

A recent arson attack on a lawyer’s office revived concerns that violent crimes motivated by anger are on the rise in South Korea. The national police reported that around 40% of domestic arson attacks over the past decade have been “impulsive” and that this share has been steadily increasing over the years. While there is…

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June 18, 2022