The Kaesong Industrial Complex and FTAs

 

Since taking an international trade class at Wellesley this year, I found myself paying more attention to trade-related news, especially businesses between the two Koreas. It wasnโ€™t all that unapproachable and boring as I thought it would be before taking the class; now that I understand some of the terms and basic concepts behind international trade, reading about current events became a lot more enjoyable. One of the news items that caught my eye recently was the Kaesong Industrial Complex and its status in the Korea-China FTA.

Last month, South Korea and China started their process of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. China, which is currently South Koreaโ€™s largest trading partner, obviously has a great impact on Koreaโ€™s economy. In this sense, the decision to give preferential tariff on goods produced in designated outward processing zones (OPZ)* such as Kaesong Industrial Complex as part of the Korea-China FTA carries significance. This acknowledgement means that items partially or wholly produced in Kaesong by South Korean businesses would be categorized as South Korean in origin. This is meant to offer bigger business opportunities for corporations, which will contribute to peace between the two Koreas. Continue reading

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Pulitzer prize winning NYTIMES Journalist: Sang Hun Choe @ Wellesley

Wellesley College

106 Central St. Wellesley, MA 02481

Pendelton West Rm. 212

4-6pm

Light Refreshment to be served

?? gkim7@wellesley.edu or ankhr.firstclass@wellesley.edu

Afterthoughts

GI YOON KIM

(Sorry, this happens to be in Korean. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t worry, this will be the only one!)

ํ•ด์™ธ๊ธฐ์ž๋‹จ ํ›„๊ธฐ

์ œ1๊ธฐ ํ•ด์™ธ๊ธฐ์ž๋‹จ ๊น€์ง€์œค

ํ›„๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์“ฐ๋ ค๊ณ  ํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ์ผ๋‹จ ์ง€๋‚œ ์ผ๋…„ ๋™์•ˆ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์–ผ๋งˆ๋‚˜ ์„ฑ์‹คํžˆ ๊ธฐ์ž ํ™œ๋™์„ ํ–ˆ๋Š”์ง€ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•ด๋ณด๊ฒŒ ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ์•„..๋ฐ€๋ฆฐ ๊ธฐ์‚ฌ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์จ์•ผํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐโ€ฆ.ํ–‰๋™๋ณด๋‹ค๋Š” ๋ง์ด ์•ž์„ฐ๋˜ ์ ์ด ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์„œ ์กฐ๊ธˆ ์•„๋‹ˆ ์•„์ฃผ ๋งŽ์ด ๋ถ€๋„๋Ÿฝ๋‹ค๋Š” ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด ๋“ญ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿผ์—๋„ ๋ถˆ๊ตฌํ•˜๊ณ  ์ง€๋‚œ ์ผ๋…„ ๋™์•ˆ์˜ ํ•ด์™ธ๊ธฐ์ž๋‹จ ํ™œ๋™์€ ์ œ๊ฒŒ ์ฐธ ์†Œ์ค‘ํ•˜๊ณ  ์œ ์ตํ•œ ๊ฒฝํ—˜์ด์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. Continue reading

Meet Professor Grace Chae

GI YOON KIM (edited by CL)
โ€œPeople jump to assumptions, because itโ€™s easyโ€”ย I hope to show a bigger pictureโ€

Grace Chae is a Korea Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College. She received her Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago, specializing in Korean War POWs. Right now she teaches Modern Korean History: From the 1800s to the Present and Prisoners of War: International Norms and Practice at Wellesley College. Continue reading

A Discussion with Professor Katharine Moon: A Different Perspective

Map of Yeonpyeong

The blue line indicates the oceanic border as understood by South Korea; the red line indicates the border as insisted by North Korea.

CHRISTINE OH (edited by Daisy Chang)

February 8th, 2011โ€”Professor Katharine Moon of Political Science at Wellesley College sits comfortably in her chair, wearing a gray ANKHR sweater. She is the unofficial advisor for the Wellesley student organization, Advocates for North Korean Human Rights (ANKHR). ANKHR invited her to speak at a casual dinner-and-discussion to address a question that has been on all of our minds: What the hell is going on with North Korea?

Almost thirty students are gathered in a big living room, intently listening to her speak. She starts out by asking a familiar and frequently asked question: To whom do you listen when it comes to North Korea, and how to we know whoโ€™s right? From its governmental system to its organizational structure, everything about North Korea is foggy compared to the relative transparence of other nations.

So, what do we know about North Korea? Her answer: Well, not much. And what we do know, we must always question how we know it. Whatever information we have about the country, she says, must always be questioned. Continue reading

What do you think of North Korea?

CHRISTINE LEE

During my time as a Yonsei student, I had the opportunity to ask some of my peers about what they thought of North Korea. This was before the Yeonpyeong incident. I was curious because I didnโ€™t know that much about North Korea myself until college, even though I have relatives from there. And concerning unification issuesโ€ฆ it wasnโ€™t until recently that I began to realize this is something South Korea does need to be ready forโ€”whether it takes ten years or ten decades, the possibility of a reunification (like East Germany and West Germanyโ€™s on October 3, 1990 after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989) happening to North and South Korea is always there. Continue reading

COME SEE US @ WELLESLEY!

COME to our Presentation at the TANNER CONFERENCE!

October 27, 2010ย 3pm – 4:10pm Pendelton Rm. 116

Wellesley College

21 Wellesley College Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

OUR FRIENDS FROM NORTH KOREA: VOLUNTEERING WITH NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS IN SOUTH KOREA

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Introductions: Lydia

Name: Lydia Kim

Age: 23

Occupation: Advertising

Likes: nice weather, dining in good company, dark chocolate covered sunflower seeds

Dislikes: animals bigger than me

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Introductions: Christine Lee

Name: Christine Lee

Age: 20

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College (currently studying abroad at Yonsei University)

Likes: Jamba Juice, white peaches, SHINee, dance parties, cafes

Dislikes: constipation, technological failure, SNSDโ€™s bubble flip-flops, warm orange juice, mosquitoes
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Introductions: Christine Oh

Name: Christine Oh

Age: 19

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College

Likes: Arts, chicken feet, goat cheese

Dislikes: paper clips, ghosts

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Introductions: Daisy

Name: Daisy Chang

Age: 19

Occupation: Student @ Wellelsey College

Likes: Watermelon, Hi-Tech pens, Nutella

Dislikes: Papercuts, Math


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Introductions: Haesun

Name: Haesun Cho

Age: 22

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College

Likes: psychology, nickname โ€œChipmunkโ€

Dislikes: mold, reptiles

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Introductions: Janice

Name: Janice Kim

Age: 22

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College

Likes: Inception,ย doenjang jjigae, French

Dislikes: butterflies, yellow pencils

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Introductions: Gi Yoon

Name: Gi Yoon Kim (the G is pronounced as a J)

Age: 21

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College

Likes: My sister & brother, Rice, Kimchi, Spicy Fish Stew

Dislikes: Dry weather, loneliness

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Introductions: Grace Kim

Name: Grace Kim

Age: 20

Occupation: Student @ Wellesley College

Likes: Asparagus; Banana Milk in the triangle carton from S. Korea

Dislikes: clusters of small dots (not candy); wide-ruled notebooks

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