Advanced Technology and Society: Ethics of Technology and Its Impact on Human Life
In today’s world, where just about everything is more convenient and efficient thanks to advances in technology across almost all sectors, the advantages of technology may seem to outweigh the trivial negative side effects. However, the rapid development of science and technology has proven itself to be a double-edged sword that brings convenience and efficiency while creating new problems in the society. The original intention of technology for an ideal world has been hindered by unforeseeable ramifications and irresponsible attitudes toward technology as a whole. This roundtable will discuss these technological concerns, issues, and challenges in relation to society, examine what role our current society has in dealing with the technology and the possible cooperative efforts the US and ROK can take to resolve pressing global technology issues.
Roundtable leaders: Lenny Dong and Jiehwan Yang.
Business and Communication: Strategizing to Compete in a Fluctuating Economy
Although the global economy is slowly entering a state of gradual recovery, industries in the ROK and the U.S. such as real estate remain depressed. To recover economically and continue to grow, businesses, multinational corporations, and international organizations increasingly need to restructure their business model and emphasize building a unique brand image. Innovative business models and the value of having well-known brand equity have been significant factors for corporations that want to remain competitive and profitable. The Business and Communications Roundtable will analyze the latest business models and global marketing trends, examine successful case studies, and develop and apply their own business and branding strategies to the U.S. and Republic of Korea economies to foster further global growth.
Roundtable leaders: Christina Bui and Hannah Koh.
Environment and Global Cooperation: Aspirational Leap for the Future Generations
In the 21st century, the world has chillingly observed an increase in ecological and environmental issues. A few centuries ago, industrialization blazed a trail for modernization, allowing people to benefit from industrial products and lead more comfortable lives. Consumerism has exponentially soared, yet has been accompanied by environmental degradation, including air pollution and acid rain. Global cooperation is essential to reverse these consequences, and protect the environment for future generations to come. Our roundtable will examine the current global environmental cooperation and the contributions Korea and the United States can make to decrease industrial product waste and reduce economic gains made at the expense of the environment. With an emphasis on environmental conservation and improvement, we will be able to give our future generation a sustainable home.
Roundtable leaders: Mai Tong Vang and Joongil Son.
International Relations: Defining New Power Structures and Economic Approaches for a Stronger US-ROK Alliance
Recent global issues have caused an upset to the Northeast Asian power structure. These issues include the abduction issue between Japan and DPRK, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the forming of a new economic alliance between China and ROK. The Republic of Korea has always been considered one of United States’ most stolid allies; however, China’s rise in particular has played a major role in shifting the power structure between the two countries. Our roundtable will focus specifically on the rising power of China and examine the role of the U.S. - ROK alliance in this shifting power structure in Northeast Asia.
Roundtable leaders: Tiffany Xiong and Jiyeon Rho.
Social Justice and Immigration: Fostering Diversity and Multiculturalism
Continuous mass immigration has been a feature of the United States’ society since the second half of the 19th century. The idea of the “melting pot” has been a long existing metaphor and American national myth, implying that all immigrant cultures in the US have fused together without federal intervention. South Korea, on the other hand—once typically thought of as a homogenous, unicultural society—has more recently entered a stage of multiculturalism and has been moving away from its homogenous identity as more and more immigrants and international workers move to Korea. However, regardless of this growth in diversity, immigrants in both societies today, along with their second and third generations, still face discrimination because of stereotypes, prejudices, and even racism. The Social Justice and Immigration Roundtable will research how cultural minorities are considered within each nation. By examining this issue of immigrant perception, we will aim to find solutions to racism and discrimination in order to foster better cultural tolerance in both the US and ROK.
Roundtable leaders: Czarina Divinagracia and Soyoung Chung.