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Kathy Huang

Vice Chair, American Executive Committee
Wesleyan University

Kathy

Hello everyone! My name is Kathy Huang, and I am honored and excited to be the American Vice Chair for 11th KASC. I am currently a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, double majoring in Government and East Asian Studies.

Like many others, my interest in South Korea initiated with its pop culture. However, as soon as I entered college, this interest developed into something much more serious than my mere enjoyment of Korean entertainment. As I started learning the Korean language, I began to understand its culture on a deeper and more comprehensive level. And as I started learning its history and politics, I was intrigued by Korea’s role as a rising political power in the world and its relations with other countries. Throughout my freshmen year, I realized step-by-step that Korea is a country that I would like to study and explore, both academically and culturally. When my Korean Politics professor first introduced me to KASC, I knew that it was the perfect program to spend my summer. KASC not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. I learned so much more from my peers who I spent day and night with about Korea as a country, its people, and culture than I would ever have been able to learn in the classroom. From all of the incredible panelists we were able to meet and the intense workload to prepare for Final Forum, I certainly expanded my academic ability and knowledge in the field of International Relations (my Roundtable topic last year.) Last but not least, the lifelong friendships that I gained from KASC were what ultimately motivated me to become a member of the Executive Committee for 11th KASC, and to continue this amazing experience for all of you.

Beyond acting as American Vice Chair, I will also be one of the leaders for the “Examining the Interplay Between Media, Culture and Society in the 21st Century” Roundtable. Many of us, including myself, initially came to know Korea through its pop culture and mass media. Indeed, Korea’s media industry is powerful in many ways, even in helping Korea gain political recognition globally. Therefore, with my RT members, I am excited to examine the characteristics of American and Korean media, their strengths and flaws, and their relation to culture, politics, and society. I hope many of you are as excited as I am about this new and innovative Roundtable topic and of course, your soon-to-be experience in joining the KASC family!

Looking forward to spending weeks with all of you together!