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Brookings Institution Establishes SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies

Katharine H.S. Moon gave an address to mark the founding of the SK-Korea Foundation chair in Korea Studies in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Kathy Moon is the first to hold this position. Her speech rebalanced the focus on Korea’s soft powers and the shifting demographics occurring in the society, in both age (ROK has the second lowest birth rate in the world; Singapore has the lowest), ethnicity, particularly females from other Asian countries, and even nationality, as a number of North Koreans are attempting to integrate into the society. Questions include how the changing demographics will affect the understanding of Korean identity. Moon ended with a heartfelt tribute to her father who always inspired and pushed her to succeed.

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