With the theme “Forging New Perspectives and Directions in Korea-Philippines Cooperation: Towards Sustainable Peace and Prosperity,” the 6th Philippine Korean Studies Symposium (PKSS) was held on November 21 to 23, 2019 at the NISMED Auditorium. The symposium aimed to promote academic research on Korea-related studies by Filipino scholars here and abroad, strengthen Korean studies as area studies, and to develop networks with both local and international institutions.
Plenary lectures were given by Dr. Doobo Shim (Department of Media and Communication, Sungshin Women’s University), and Dr. Minyoung Seo (Head of Development Research Division, KDI School of Public Policy and Management). Dr. Shim gave a lecture on “Korean Popular Culture and the International Cultural Flow,” while Dr. Seo discussed “Korea’s Knowledge Sharing for International Development.”
UP Korea Research Center (UP KRC)’s core researchers discussed the results of their research works: Dr. Erik Paolo Capistrano gave a presentation on the economic agenda and relevant bilateral relations of South Korea and the Philippines; Dr. Aaron Jed Rabena discussed South Korea’s soft power strategy and how the Philippines can learn from their strategy; and Dr. Jean Encinas Franco and Samuel Cabbuag presented the media representations of Koreans in the Philippines.
The symposium also featured parallel paper presentations on various topics such as the Korean Wave, media, business, diplomacy, feminism, migration, translation studies, and South Korean policies; and undergraduate presentations from the GS 197 class: The Making of Global Korea. A panel discussion was also held which focused on the challenges and visions forward in relation to the 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Korea. On its third day, a workshop on teaching Korean as a foreign language (KFL) was held, followed by a roundtable discussion on the issues in KFL.
The three-day symposium was supported by the Korea Foundation and hosted by the UP KRC and the UP Department of Linguistics.