Colloquium: Understanding the Resistance to the Korea-U.S. FTA (and Coping with the Resistance)

Photo: Shi Young Lee 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.

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