6th KASCers perform Community Service in Pohang

Delegates painting wall of Jukdo Elementary School in PohangDelegates went to Jukdo middle school in Pohang City and collaborated with local community service volunteers to decorate an elementary school wall. Even though it was a rainy day, the delegates were happy to finish the project in their rain coats. Interacting with the local volunteers was an excellent experience for all of the delegates. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and are looking forward to hearing from the elementary students when they return from their summer vacation to see their new school wall!

6th KASC Inaugural Youth Career Forum

On July 18, 2013, the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) helt its Inaugural Youth Career Forum at the Songdo Convention Center, bringing together the current 6th KASC delegates, KASC alumni, and students from carious partner universities and organizations to meet and network with multinational companies in Songdo, the International Business District.

Click the image to view the brief of the Inaugural Youth Career Forum!

The 6th KASC ends with a successful Final Forum co-sponsored by the Korea International Trade Association!

Roundtable members listen to the panelists’ feedback after their presentation at the KASC-KITA Joint Final Forum

On July 31st, the 6th KASC hosted its Final Forum at Coex Convention Center, co-sponsored by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA). 6th KASC delegates and KITA’s Goodwill Ambassador students presented various U.S.-Korea related topics, including Peace and Security, Environmental Law, Art and Culture, and Business.
Kevin Kim, member of ISC Board of Directors, delivered a warm keynote speech reflecting back on his JASC experience and encouraged the 6th KASC delegates to stay in touch with fellow alumni and ISC in the future. A panel of experts were also invited to listen to the delegates’ presentations and offer feedback and suggestions. The invited panelists were Michelle Lee Jones, MA student at Seoul National University and JASC alumna, Dr. Bong Young-Shik, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and Mr. Peter Beck, Asia Foundation.

Kevin Kim, a member of ISC Board of Directors, delivers a keynote speech at the 6th KASC-KITA Joint Final Forum


Yun-Kyung Chung (first to the left), a 6th KASC Korean Executive Committee member, moderates the final forum’s panel discussion with Michelle Lee Jones (Seoul National University), Dr. Bong Yong-Shik (Asan Institute for Policy Studies), and Mr. Peter Beck (Asia Foundation).


Delegates listen to their peers’ presentations and feedback from the panel speakers.

During Q&A sessions, the audience asked many questions to the presenters and the panel speakers, making the Final Forum very engaging and interesting from beginning to end. Notably, one Q&A session nearly became a debate when a member of the audience asked the 6th KASC Peace and Security Roundtable to give more specifics about its new recommended policy and the meaning of “trust politik” towards North Korea. This was a great opportunity for the delegates to further interact with the audience, and show the hard work and passion they had put into theirs roundtables throughout the month-long conference.

The Forum was followed by a networking reception. Delegates enjoyed a delicious buffet with alumni, guests, and supporters. On behalf of KASC, ISC would like to sincerely thank KITA for making this Final Forum such a success.

Sungju Lee from the Peace and Security roundtable presents the “Window Policy”, a new policy suggested by the group to better tackle the North Korea issue.


Delegates speak with panel speakers and guests at the reception after presenting their joint final findings.

6th KASC Kick-Off!

The 6th KASC has begun its journey in Pohang! Opening ceremony was held in Handong Global University, led by both Korean and American Executive Committee Chairs.

Left: Mr. Jeong, Sang-Mo (Vice President for Academic Affairs of Handong University)
Right: Mr. Jeong, Byeong-Yun (Deputy Mayor of Pohang)

There were three welcome addresses by Mr. Jeong, Sang-Mo, a vice president for academic affairs of Handong University, Mr. Keong, Byeong-Yun, a deputy mayor of Pohang and Mr. Noh, Sung-Bum, a Managing Director of POSCO Research Institute.

Lindsay Horikoshi speaking with keynote speaker before heading to dinner reception

Above all, the keynote speaker, Dr. Choi, Do-Soung who is a vice president for Global Adcancement of Handong University, was especially inspiring and the reception was a delicious Korean buffet.

Apply for the Asan Nanum Foundation-Atlas Corps Frontier Fellowship

The Asan Nanum Foundation, in cooperation with the Atlas Corps, is looking for non-profit leaders from Korea to apply for a 12-month professional fellowship!

Atlas Corps Asan Frontier Fellows serve for 12 months in non-profit organization in the United States, such as Ashoka, Acumen, UN Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and much more. Fellows also participate in 200 hours of in-person and online leadership training through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab. Additional networking and membership opportunities are provided  throughout the year of service. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.

Please visit this link for eligibility requirements and further interest: http://www.atlascorps.org/apply-to-united-states.php

Deadline is July 15th, 2013, to be considered for the January 2014 class.

A Shared Future: The KASC/JASC Symposium on U.S.-Korea-Japan Trilateral Partnership

On June 6th 2013, ISC held the “A shared Future: The KASC/JASC Symposium on U.S.-Korea-Japan Trilateral Partnership” in Washington DC. There were over 100 attendees, including university students, JASC and KASC alumni, as well as government and business representatives. The symposium focused on two panels regarding regional security and youth unemployment. A networking reception with ISC’s supporters and friends followed the panel sessions.
Please click the link to view Yeonhap New’s article on the Symposium.From left: JASC executive committee Cruz Arroyo, KASC Executive Committee Tiffany Vang, Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and JASC alumnus Mr. Kunihiro Shimoji.