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Korean Consul General Youn-Bok Lee to Speak at Pomona College

Korean Counsul General Youn-Bok Lee, who has more than 20 years of experience in diplomacy, will speak on “Korea's Dynamic Development and Its Implications” on Friday, January 27, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Pomona College in Claremont.

According to Lee, in order to understand Korean society today, it is important to look to the younger generation. Recalling the past century, many things in Korea have changed. The end of the Choson Dynasty, liberation from Japan, the division of the Korean Peninsula, the Korean War, industrialization and dictatorship, democratization, the financial crisis of 1997, the technology revolution, and other events have all had a huge impact on their respective generations. Koreans in their 30s and 40s have been fortunate enough to live in the times of industrialization and democratization. They also have had to shoulder much of the responsibility for restructuring the nation post-IMF; they are also at the forefront of the technology revolution. Today, this younger generation is participating in the decision-making process, becoming civic leaders and politicians, thus playing a major role in the ever-changing dynamic Korea.

Lee has served as consul general of the Consulate General in Los Angeles since May 2003. He previously served as vice consul in San Francisco; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the State of Kuwait; and counselor at embassies in Indonesia, The Netherlands, and Uganda. From 2002 to 2003, he served as dean of education and training of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Foreign Affairs.

The Pomona College event is open to the public and includes lunch. The lecture will be held at the Pomona College Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages & International Relations (350 N. College Way, Claremont) and is co-sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College and the College’s Oldenborg Center. For more information, contact 909/607-8065 or 607-1159.