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Business and Society: Restructuring Our Economies for Modern Times

As globalization continues to spread, the processes of interchanging worldviews, products, ideas, and aspects of culture begin to integrate to form new resources. The Business and Society Roundtable will explore how the passage of time has affected the economy and nation of both the United States and Korea as a whole. Economies eventually begin to deteriorate so they must be able to restructure themselves in order to meet the demands of its people. We will be analyzing the challenges society faces within these two countries when searching for a better standard of living. The United States has had a long history for being known as the country of freedom and opportunities while Korea on the other hand has entered the public eye for being one of the world’s growing economies. Furthermore, delegates will examine different approaches and methods for a country to consider in order for them to attain a balanced economy as they prepare for the future.

Roundtable leaders: Edgard Elizarraras and Hyoseung Woo.

Communication and Culture: An Emerging Multicultural Media

Korea is typically thought to be a homogenous, unicultural society, but this notion has recently become untrue. As more and more immigrants and international workers enter Korea`s borders, Korea is quickly becoming a multicultural nation. However, the mainstream media in both Korea and America tends to simplify and standardize diverse cultures for the sake of arousing the interest of the majority, thus portraying these cultures incorrectly and silencing the voice of the people who live within them. The Communication and Culture RT will research which cultural minority groups exist within Korea and how the mainstream media portrays their cultures. Additionally, by examining America`s vast history of multiculturalism, the Communication and Culture RT aims to determine the successes and failures of America`s multicultural Media, and find resolutions to the problems existent in both Korea`s and America`s mainstream media.

Roundtable leaders: Jeongbin Lee and Robert Devico.

Politics and Security: The Past, Present and New Direction for the ROK-U.S. Alliance

Up until now, a vast amount of efforts that went into sustaining peaceful Northeast Asia have not been so effective. South Korea has been facing confrontations not only from its northern neighbor, but also from its surrounding countries, e.g. Russia, China, and Japan. The Six-Party Talks ended in a stalemate, and the security of South Korea is now in jeopardy at the series of consecutive nuclear weapon experimentation in North Korea.
Here in the Politics Roundtable, we are analyzing strategies that will allow both South Korea and the U.S. to maintain peace in Northeast Asia, specifically through a sincere understanding of history and diplomatic relations. Furthermore, we shall come up with a new direction for the ROK-US Alliance at the end of the conference.

Roundtable leaders: Sungjun Kim and Jongwoon Han.

Global Human Rights: Responsibility in Finding the Solutions to A Fair Society

In modern society, human rights are a global issue. The main concern that United Nations portrays is that the countries that have issues of human rights claim that they are only giving punishment to the criminals and nothing against human rights. With this issue, how does one define human rights? How can the US-ROK partnership in form of politics, business, and NGOs be used in order to find a solution for the problem of human rights in black market, sex trafficking, and refugees?

Roundtable leaders: Nae Won and Hyehee Kang.

Education: Problems of Current Education System and A New Model for Both

The US and Korea both have internationally well known education systems. Throughout the years of development, the two have gone through rigorous restructuring and analysis. The US education system used to be one of the models of systematic learning for developed and progressive countries. However in more recent times the system has suffered from various major flaws and a general lack of support. Korea, on the other hand, is famous for having one of the most competitive and intensive learning programs in the world. Students in South Korea often have some of the highest and most advanced test scores. This often comes at a great price however. South Korea faces much criticism for having a system in place that is so competitive in nature that the resulting pressure felt by its students often times stifles creativity as well as threatens their livelihood and health, both mentally and physically. This RT will examine in depth, the pros and cons to both educational systems as well as study the cultural and historical reasons behind them. We will attempt to develop a new educational model that will utilize the advantages of the Korean and US systems as well as correct or eliminate their weaknesses.

Roundtable leaders: Justin Simon and Dong Lee.