The Relationship Between South Korea, North Korea and Unification


German Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt’s giving a speech for the Relationship Between S. and N. Korea and Unification

– Discard Ideologies, Focus on Practicality
– Gradual Processes for Unification rather than Abrupt One
– Accurate Analyses on Current Political, Economic Situation

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the German unification on the coming Oct. 3, German Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt on Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 10 presented his insight for the direction of the relationship between two Koreas and the unification. Seidt illustrated the experience of Germany’s abrupt reunification, and based on the experience/ example, he provided suggestions for Koreas to wisely deal with the current and future political, economic relationship and unification. Continue reading

Hanawon and Hana Center, the North Korean Defectors’ Resettlement Centers


Hana Center in Gunja, Ansan-Si, Gyonggi-Do, South Korea

Hanawon, established on July 8th, 1999, is the government resettlement center for North Korean defectors. It is located in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, which is about an hour south from Seoul. Hanawon is the place in which North Korean defectors would go and can get support and help when they first arrived in South Korea.

Hanawon offers the 3-month resettlement program for North Korean defectors to help them to adapt to a new environment (South Korea) with different culture, economic system, politics, etc. During the 3-month program, it provides basic education on culture and history, training, psychotherapeutic counseling, and so on. After the 3-month program at Hanawon, North Korean defectors are put on family register, get a house with a government subsidy, and may get job offers. When North Korean defectors scatter to all different regions of South Korea, they can still get help and support from the government resettlement center, called Hana Center.

There are 22 Hana Centers in Korea- Seoul (4), Inch’on (2), Daegu (1), Taejon (1), Kwangju (2), Kyonggi-do (4), Kangwon-do (2), Chungchong-Namdo (2), Kyongsang-Bukto (2), Kyongsang-Namdo (1), Cholla-Namdo (1)

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Introductions: Haesun

Name: Haesun Cho

Age: 22

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College

Likes: psychology, nickname “Chipmunk”

Dislikes: mold, reptiles

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