Conference on South Korea’s Rise: Politics, Economics, and Humanities

Conference on South Korea’s Rise: Politics, Economics, and Humanities is going to be held on May 1-2, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The conference focuses on how South KOrea’s economic development has affected its politcs, economics, society, and foreign relations. Political scientists, historians, economists, linuists, and communication scholars discuss this issue from various aspects. The program is below.South Korea’s Rise: Politics, Economics, and Humanities

Dates: April 30-May 2, 2014

Place: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Student Union E 345 B&C

Wednesday, April 30

6:30-8:30 pm, Dinner, Welcome Remarks—Patrice Petro, Vice Provost for International Education

Thursday, May 1

8:45-9:00 am, Opening Remarks—Thomas Holbrook, Political Science Department Chair

9:00-10:30 am Panel 1 – Political Economy

Chair: John Reuter (UWM)

Jonathan Krieckhaus (University of Missouri)

Explaining South Korean FTA Policy: Domestic Politics or International Incentives?

Dennis Patterson (Texas Tech University) and Jangsup Choi (Texas A&M-Commerce)

Assessing the Disbursement of Korean Official Development Assistance (ODA)

Sang-young Rhyu (Yonsei University)

Between Democracy and Legalization: A Transitional Irony of Informal Network in Korea

Shale Horowitz and YoungMi Choi (UWM)

Economic Growth and the Evolution of South Korean National Interests: Effects Via Values, Status Quo Conditions, and Relative Power

10:30-10:45 am, Break

10:45- 12:15 pm Panel 2 –North Korea

Chair: Shale Horowitz (UWM)

Daesung Song (Sejong Institute)

The Transformation of North Korea: Obstacles and Strategic Measures

Du-Hyeogn Cha (Korea Foundation)

How can we connet Korea’s rise with the S-N reconciliation and peaceful unification?:

Implications on Korea’s public diplomacy

Jangsup Choi (Texas A&M-Commerce) and Dennis Patterson (Texas Tech)

A Game-Theoretic Approach to Assessing North Korea’s Strategy

Min-hyung Kim (Illinois Weslyan Univesrity)

Making Sense of North Korea’s Provocations

12:15-1:45 pm, Lunch

1:45-3:15 pm (Student Union E 240) Panel 3– Foreign Relations

Chair: Dave Armstrong (UWM)

Terence Roehrig (Naval War College)

South Korea and the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella

Wonjae Hwang (University of Tennessee)

Economic Integration and Cooperation between South Korea and China in the UNGA

Woondo Choi (Northeast Asia History Foundation)

Japan’s Historical Burden and Security Relations between Japan and Korea

Min Ye (University of Coastal Carolina)

Overcoming the Organization Gap in East Asia: A Network Analysis of China and South Korea’s FTA Strategies

3:15-3:30 pm, Break

3:30-5:00 pm Panel 4 – Domestic Politics

Chair: Steve Redd (UWM)

Seong-Ho Lim (Kyung Hee University)

Party Polarization, Legislative Inaction, and Administrative Activism: The Ironic Interplays

between Process and Policy

Chan Wook Park (Seoul National University)

Political Reform Pledged but Missing Thus Far in the First Year of Korea’s Park Geun-

hye Presidency

Seongyi Yun (Kyung Hee University)

Social Representations of Political Ideology in South Korea

Uk Heo (UWM)

Democratization and Income Inequality in South Korea

6:00-8:30 pm, Dinner, Remarks: Rodney Swain, Dean of the College of Letters and Science

Friday, May 2

9:00-10:30 (Student Union E 345 B&C) Panel 5 – History, Literature, and Communication

Chair: Andrew Porter (UWM)

Se-Mi Oh (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The Cat’s Cradle: Middle Class Desire and Optics in the Housemaid

Tae-Seop Lim (UWM)

Holism and Cognitive Relativism: Cultural Fundamentals of Korea

Heewon Cha (Ewha Womans University)

Nation Brand Research through Analysis of Big Data: Focused on Examples of Korea

Sooho Song (UWM)

Narrative Structures in Korean Folktales: A Comparative Analysis of Korean and

English Versions

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45- 12:00 Panel 6 – Linguistics

Chair: Michael Mikos (UWM)

EunHee Lee (SUNY-Buffalo)

Korean Heritage Students’ Linguistic Profile in English Dominating Society: Focusing on Reference Choices in Narratives and Syntax/Discourse Interface

Hyo Sang Lee (Indiana University)

The Long Form vs. the Short Form of Negation Revisited: with the Implication on Teaching and Learning of Korean as a Foreign Language

Youngsook Kim (Chongshin University)

Teaching English as an International Language (EIL) and the Issue of Culture Teaching in Korea

Hanyong Park (UWM)

How Sensitive Are Native Speakers of English to Korean Accented English?

12:00 Closing Remarks—Jennifer Watson, Associate Dean, College of Letters and Science


Uk HeoUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dept. of Political Science
P.O.Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Email: heouk @