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South Korea's Rise: Politics, Economics, and Humanities

A 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 politics, economics, society, and foreign relations. Political scientists, historians, economists, linguists, and communication scholars discuss this issue from various aspects. The program is below. 



8:45-9:00 am, (UWM Student Union E 345 B&C) 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 connect 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 University) 
  The Sino-US Strategic Competition in East Asia and North Korean 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 


9:00-10:30 am, (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), Chung Joo Chung (Kyungpook National University) and 
Yunna Rhee (Hankook University of Foreign Studies) 
  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 am, Coffee Break 

10:45-12:00 pm, 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 
Hanyong Park (UWM) 
  How Sensitive Are Native Speakers of English to Korean Accented English? 

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

12:15 pm, Lunch