Leadership | Advisor
We started "Walden Korea" to teach second-generation Korean Americans the importance of the Korea-U.S. alliance and Northeast Asian issues, connect them to resources, and help with research in theses and related fields. My hope is that second-generation Korean Americans can contribute to further representing and globalizing Korean culture.
South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea, or ROK) is one of the United States’ most important strategic and economic partners in Asia. The United States and South Korea share a long history of cooperation based on mutual trust, shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, common strategic interests, and an enduring friendship. Over the past several decades, the ROK has achieved a remarkably high level of economic growth and in 2019 was the United States’ sixth-largest trading partner. In 2020, the two countries commemorated the 67th anniversary of the U.S.- ROK Alliance and the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. Korean Americans celebrated the year 2003 as the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States. On June 27, 2002, the U.S. Senate passed a historic resolution (S.R. 185), recognizing the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.
The second generation of Koreans is growing and becoming leaders in many areas such as business, law, politics, economy, science, and culture.
Henry David Thoreau's Walden symbolizes civil disobedience and self-reliance. Walden also covers justice, peace, human rights, and the environment geopolitically. Walden's symbolization is connected to Korean philosophy. Korea has historically been a peace-oriented people. It has also fought for democracy and the realization of justice.
I hope that the second generation of Korean Americans, who are proud to be descendants of Korea, will play an important role in American society as leaders with Walden's cultural sensibilities.