Organized by the Korea Miraesotong Forum, the 2011 Global Korea Miraesotong Seminar was held on July 27 at the Korea Technology Center. While many people gathered together, Park Young-min, co-operative president of the Council of National Elder Statesman, began the event by delivering a congratulatory speech. "In this fast-paced world with a digital revolution, what and how to plan for the future is important. What's more important is to carry those plans to effect. In that sense, I have high hopes for this seminar today at the Miraesotong forum, which takes its action for national development to play an important role for raising the nation's competitiveness by communication."
Before the seminar began in earnest, Kim Young-kwi, President of KYK, gave a lecture. Dr. Kim said, "Water easily makes a disease, water easily makes you healthy." He stressed that in order to live healthy, drinking alkali water is the way to start. Dr. Kim Young-ki has been devoting himself to the R&D of good water in his lab. He was awarded many types of prizes including Iron Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit for invention day.
Soon, Kim Sung-yup, President of the Korea Smile Movement Youth Association gave a special lecture on the subject, "Smile Movement for happy life." President Kim said smiles or laughs can lead a healthy life. "To laugh right, you need to expel air powerfully from the five viscera and six guts for more than 15 seconds," he explained. The smile movement is an exercise which is combined with emotion, attitude, and behavior. This movement currently has been designated as the job training target for teachers at elementary schools.
The seminar opened by Professor Yang Jae-soo, advisor to the governor of the Gyeonggi province in information and communications and a Professor at Kwangwoon University. The first presenter, Joseph Yoon, President of the OKTA Institute for International Commerce Research, took on his subject 'How to build and use a global network and its vision.' His suggestion of timely strategy for the global era drew a lot of attention, and he said, "We Korean people are living all across the world. And we wake up to this reality that now the global Korean network ranks 8th in the world while the national image for South Korea is relatively low-ranked within the 30s."
Mr. Yoon went on to say that lack of global citizenship, attractive tourist sites, embracing for multiculturalism, and intolerance toward foreigners are the reasons for the undervalued national image. Currently, overseas Koreans number around 7.5 million, with 200,000 adoptees. There are also about 35,000 multi-racial children in South Korea. He says, "We need to converge this network of overseas Koreans to the one point and establish a major Single Window where they can participate, share, and be exposed to each other through various content and communities." He also mentioned that if we can strengthen unity with them and communicate closely, it would be of a great help for enhancing national competitiveness.
Emanuel Pastreich, professor at Kyung Hee University, did his part at the Future Communication Seminar as well with his presentation titled Intellectual Hallyu. Confessing to his impressive feeing about it, Prof. Lee said "Hallyu has been focusing on only K-POP, dramas, movies, food, cosmetics items, fashion, and what not. Its influence is growing around the world, but still there is a long way to go." He said that more esteemed and refined interaction with major western media mediums and international organizations in terms of literature is a must for Hallyu to take itself to the next level.
He continued by saying, "Now, it is difficult to locate any literature works from Korean writers at U.S book stores. I think that this is because high level translation has not been properly done for them and not because of lack of their contents or questionably low level of literature." He also talked about Korea's creative ability. "South Korea already can produce good content. This content from many well-known Korean scholars ought to be translated into properly high-level English. For this end, investment from the institution with a long term plan and support from the government level are called for." He finished his turn with a suggestion - if Hallyu positions itself as intellectual Hallyu in the future, it will appear to be a good chance for South Korea to show the world that it has reached the quality level in general.
Kim Ki-hyuk, CEO of Sungwoo Mobile, gave a presentation with a subject, "Building identity for the overseas Korean through smart education." Mr. Kim stressed that smart education could bring a great ripple effect with continued investment. "As you know, smart work has been raised as the hot issue today. Therefore, smart learning, which is the convergence of education and IT, will be revved up. He added, "Simply, smart learning enables effective study."
Lastly, Henry Chun, executive director of the IT Times, said, "Let's communicate with the Digi Art Contest." Mr. Chun stated that art is the best for bringing down language barriers or any other difficulties between our numerous progeny who are scattered all over the world. "The Digi Art Contest is all part of a grand strategy for national unity," he explained. Organized by the IT Times, a total of 200 international adoptees, foreign immigrants and local citizens are expected to participate in the contest to work to achieving national unity.
Meanwhile, a MOU between Miraesotong Forum, Smart-Gyeonggy Forum, and KYK took place for the Create a Beautiful Smart World clean content campaign. As the importance of content grows, today's MOU agreement is expected to make a significant contribution to forming a healthy content culture.