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August-October 2006

Korean Studies Workshop for U.S. Educators
The Foundation organized the first Korean Studies Workshop program for educators from the U.S. (Previously, combined workshops have been conducted, which included the participation of educators from the U.S. and other English-speaking countries.) Two workshop sessions were held (July 6-19) and (July 27-August 9) that included the participation of 96 secondary-school teachers of history and social studies, textbook writers, and education administrators from the U.S. The participants attended a series of informational lectures on Korea at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, and had an opportunity to directly experience various aspects of Korea through visits to a local high school, cultural attractions in provincial cities such as Gyeongju, Andong and Goryeong, and Samsung Electronics.

Invitation Program
From August to October, the Foundation hosted the visit of the following guests: President, Afghan Red Crescent Society (Aug. 1-7), President, University of Economics, Czech Republic (Aug. 20-27), Director, Performing Arts and Public Programs, Asia Society, U.S. (Aug. 26-Sep.4), Professor, Social Sciences Department, Kuwait University, Kuwait (Sep. 1-7), Director, Southern Center for International Studies, U.S. (Sep. 1-8), Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, U.S. (Sep. 8-15), President, University of Peru, Peru (Sep. 17-23), Secretary General, Latin American Integration Association, Uruguay (Sep.18-22); President, Ethiopia Federation of Taekwondo, Ethiopia (Sep. 21-28), President, University of El Salvador, El Salvador (Sep. 24-Oct.1), Director, French Army Museum (Sep. 24-30), Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ecuador (Oct. 8-13), Professor, Institute of International Studies, Tsinghua University, China (Oct. 12-17), Chief, Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority (Oct. 15-21), President, Chamber of Advertisers of Paraguay, Paraguay (Oct. 16-22), Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Oct. 22-26), Honorary Consul General of Korea, Armenia (Oct. 21-27), and Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Australia (Oct. 23-27).

16th Annual Conference of IAKLE
The Foundation provided support to the International Association for Korean Language Education (IAKLE) for its 16th annual conference on the reinforcement of Korean- language instruction methodology, held at the 600th Anniversary Memorial Hall of Sungkyunkwan University.

2006 Workshop for Korean Language Educators in Japan
In cooperation with the Korean Education Society and the Japan Forum, the Foundation organized a workshop for university- and high school-level educators of the Korean language in Japan, which was held in Kyoto on August 8-13.

1st Korean Studies Workshop for EU Educators
The Foundation organized the first Korean Studies Workshop for secondary-school teachers of history and social studies, textbook writers, and education administrators from EU countries. A total of 20 participants from ten European countries attended lectures on Korea's history, society, and culture at the Graduate School of International Studies, Hanyang University, and took part in a variety of activities, including home-stay with Korean families, as well as visits to cultural/historic sites in Gyeongju, Jeonju and Andong, and Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Support for International Conferences
The Foundation extended assistance to three international conferences during the period August to October: 2nd World/8th Asia Children's Literature Convention, held by the Children's Literature Association of Korea (August 21-25), 4th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) (September 7-10), and 12th International Seminar on the Geographical Name of the East Sea, organized by the Society for the East Sea (October 19-21).

Participation of Korean Specialists in International Events
The Foundation provided support to Korean scholars and professionals for their participation in various international events. These recipients included Prof. Ko Hye-seon, Dankook University, Prof. Yi Tae-jin, Dean, College of Humanities, Seoul National University, Prof. Jeon Mi-suk, Dean, School of Dance, Korean National University of Arts and Chair Prof. Jee Myung-gwan, Hallim University.

14th Korea-Japan Forum
The Japan Center for International Exchange and the Foundation jointly organized the 14th Korea-Japan Forum, which was held at Yumebutai International Conference Center on Awaji Island, Japan, from August 29-31. With the attendance of 47 representatives of the political, security, economy
/trade, society, cultural, and journalism sectors from Korea and Japan, the forum served to facilitate the discussion of issues of mutual concern, including recent political, economic, and social developments in Korea and Japan, security matters in East Asia and Korea-Japan cooperation, economic development of East Asia and Korea-Japan cooperation, fundamental challenges of Korea-Japan relations and future prospects, and significance and challenges of recent cultural exchanges between Korea and Japan.

Farewell Party for 2005 Korean Language Training Fellows
The Foundation hosted a farewell party on August 31 for 12 KF Fellows, who successfully completed their language training in Korea during the 2006 summer term, to congratulate them on their graduation, evaluate the fellowship program, and encourage their continued pursuit of Korea-related interests.

Korean Studies Workshop for Southeast Asian Educators
The Foundation organized the first Korean Studies Workshop for Southeast Asian Educators, which was held in Korea on September 6-19. A total of 17 secondary-school teachers of history and social studies and textbook writers from eight Southeast Asian countries attended informational lectures on Korea's history, society, and culture at the Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University. Related activities included home-stay with Korean families as well as visits to cultural/historic attractions in Seoul and Gyeongju and leading businesses POSCO and Samsung Electronics.

Cultural Event for KF Fellows
KF Fellows in Korea for language training and field research were invited to view and even participate in Cookin' (non-verbal performance of Nanta), at the Chongdong Nanta Theater on September 11. This event provided an opportunity for the fellows to enjoy contemporary Korean entertainment and develop closer relations with other fellows.

1st Korean Studies Workshop for Korean Language Educators from East Europe
In cooperation with IAKLE, the Foundation held a workshop for Korean-language instructors from East Europe at Seoul National University (September 11-22). A total of 19 Korean-language educators from Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Georgia attended training sessions conducted by Korean-language specialists and discussed various issues related to instruction of the Korean language abroad, including teaching methods and textbook development.

Korean Studies Workshop for Secondary School Educators from China
The Foundation invited 30 secondary-school teachers of history and social studies from China to visit Korea for a Korean Studies Workshop held on September 12-21. Co-organized by the Foundation and China's Ministry of Education, the workshop enabled the Chinese instructors to learn about Korea and directly experience various aspects of its culture and people through lectures on Korea's education system, Korea-China relations, and related subjects, in addition to visits to a local school and cities such as Gyeongju and Andong.

3rd Korea-Spain Forum
The Foundation and Casa Asia co-organized the third Korea-Spain Forum, held at the Hyatt Hotel at Seogwipo, Jejudo on September 19-20. A total of 45 representatives from the political, economic, social, cultural, and media sectors of the two countries engaged in comprehensive discussion of such issues as the Korean peninsula and the political situation of Northeast Asia, Spain's role in the EU's integration and relations between Spain and Latin America, prospects for a Korea-EU FTA, mutual investment and expansion of trade between Korea and Spain, institutional system for Korea-Spain cooperation in the R&D sector, ASEM-DUO program to facilitate bilateral academic exchange, and Spain's image in Korea and Korea's image in Spain.

2nd Korea-Brazil Forum
The Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil jointly organized the second Korea-Brazil Forum, held in Seoul on September 27-28. With the participation of 29 Korean and Brazilian specialists from such fields as politics and security to economy and trade, science and technology, and society and culture, the forum provided a timely opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest, including the Korean peninsula and the Northeast Asian political situation; regional and international politics from the perspective of Brazil; practical bilateral cooperation to boost economic and trade growth; sharing of economic policy experiences and strengthening of business exchanges; cooperation in the resources, energy, science, technology, and IT sectors; promotion of education; and assuring the protection of Korean residents in Brazil.

Welcoming Reception for 2006 Korean Language Training Fellows
The Foundation hosted a welcoming reception on September 28 at the KF Cultural Center for 20 Fellows who had arrived in Korea for their Korean-language training, beginning with the 2006 summer and fall terms. At the get-together, the new KF Fellows were introduced to each and informed about the Foundation's activities.

7th Korea-Japan Secondary School Educators Exchange Program
The Foundation provides secondary-school teachers of history and social studies from Korea and Japan with an opportunity to enhance their understanding about each other's country and apply this knowledge to their classroom instruction. Under this exchange program, co-organized with the Japan Foundation, 25 Korean teachers visited Japan on September 28-October 11, while Japanese teachers visited Korea on October 25-November 7.

Fromm Players at Harvard University
With support from the Foundation, TIMF Ensemble participated in the Contemporary Music Series sponsored by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University on October 5. Of note, the ensemble introduced works composed by Hong Sung-ji, which were commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation.

Korea-Japan Youth Exchange Program
The Foundation invited 30 Japanese university students to visit Korea on October 17-26 to help enhance their understanding of Korea. During their stay, the students experienced a wide range of aspects of Korea through such activities as spending time with students of local universities, like Korea University, POSTECH, and Dongseo University of Busan, home-stay visits, and tours of cultural and commercial attractions in Gyeongju, Pohang, and Busan.

Field Trip for Korean Language Training Fellows
About 70 KF Fellows of Korean Language Training participated in an autumn field trip on October 19-21. The field trip activities enabled the fellows to acquire a deeper understanding of Korea by visiting cultural/historic sites and experiencing traditional culture in the southwestern region, in such areas as South Chungcheong Province and North and South Jeolla Provinces.

Ballet Performance of 'Carmen" and 'Symphony in C' The Foundation extended support to two modern ballet works performed by the Korean National Ballet Company at the Opera House of the Seoul Arts Center (October 24-28): "Carmen" and "Symphony in C" to the music of Georges Bizet and Symphony No. 1 in C major, respectively. The former was choreographed by Mats Ek, maestro of modern ballet, and the latter by George Balanchine, creator of neo-classical ballet and one of the most acclaimed choreographers of the 20th century.
The performance featured Kusakari Tamiyo, the ballerina from Japan who starred in the popular Japanese movie "Shall We Dance," and Kim Joo-won, member of the Korean National Ballet Company and newly emerging star on the world ballet stage, after receiving the best female dancer award at the 2006 Benois de la Dance.

Commemorative Exhibition in Paris
With assistance from the Foundation, an exhibition of 70 fine-art works by 65 Korean, French, and Canadian artists was organized by the Sonamou Association, as part of the commemorative activities to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Korea-France diplomatic relations. The exhibition, entitled "Borderline," is being held in Paris and Bar-le-Duc from October 24, 2006 through January 2, 2007.