Professor Shi Young Lee of Chung Ang University will discuss the findings of a research project on resistance to the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement in a colloquium at the Center for Korean Studies Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. The research, conducted by Lee, Professor Sun-Ki Chai of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and Professor Sung Hee Jun of Sunchon National University, was aimed at understanding the nature of the resistance posed by opponents of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement and analyzing their tactics.
Lee’s study of the issues surrounding the agreement concluded that its overall effects can be beneficial to Korean society at large. Anti-FTA groups claim otherwise, however, and intensely oppose this policy. The study argues that the anti-FTA entrepreneurs rely on strategies of associative thinking combined with fear appeal and anti-Americanism. The authors explain how the opponents may be effective in influencing voters even though the contents of their messages are mostly uninformative and unrelated. Finally, they offer some policy prescriptions to deal with the resistance. This presentation will be delivered in Korean only.
Shi Young Lee received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and is a professor in the Division of Business and Economics at Chung Ang University. There he has taught courses in business strategy, international economics, and microeconomics. He also served briefly as dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at Chung Ang University and as editor of Korea Association of Trade and Industry Studies.
Center for Korean Studies colloquia are free and open to the public. For further information, telephone the Center at (808) 856‑7041.