A Path to Unification

20 02 2012

The Cosmopolitan Civil Society (University of Technology Sydney) and the Korean Studies Department (SLC, University of Sydney) are pleased to invite you to attend a special seminar by Professor Park Ki-Seok (Kim Il-Sung University, Pyongyang)

Date: 22 Feb (Wed) 2012 (in Korean with English interpretation)
Time: 10:30-12:00 AM (free admission, refreshments provided)
Location: UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, Level 3, MaryAnn House, 645 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney.

Summary: It has been more than six decades since Korea was divided. The North and the South remain completely isolated from each other politically, economically, and culturally. The absence of transportation, postal, or telephone communication between them has led to the growing differences in language and everyday life. Defectors from the North and occasional visitors from the South face a cultural shock when confronted with the realities of life on the other side of the DMZ. What are the main socio-cultural differences that make the unification of Korea problematic? How can we help ordinary Koreans in the North and the South reconcile and re-unify?

* Dr. Park Ki-Seok is a Research Professor at the Kim Il-Sung University in Pyongyang. A linguist by training, he looks at the national language as the foundation for future development and re-unification. Dr. Park has published two books: “The Spring Water-like Language of Pyongyang” (2009), and “The Four Seasons of Pyongyang” (2011).

Listen to the audio file (Part 1) here…

Listen to the audio file (Part 2) here…



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