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South Korean diplomat visits Carthage

By Staff

May 07, 2013

On May 6, 2013, Consul Jin-hyun Lee of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) came to Carthage to meet with students, faculty and staff and to learn more about Carthage. The centerpiece of his visit was a presentation and discussion with students in the class “Emerging Markets: Languages and Culture.” This course is taught by Professors Joe Wall and Mimi Yang, and focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on the so-called “BRIC’s” of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The term, coined by investment bank Goldman Sachs, refers to particularly large economically developing nations.

South Korea is distinctive not primarily because of geographic size, but rather the tremendous speed with which the country has achieved both phenomenal economic growth and sophistication, in concert with a stable, functioning political democracy. The economy has been transformed from one of the poorest in the world as recently as a half century ago to one of the largest, strongest and most productive. Mr. Lee is a highly experienced diplomat currently posted to the Consulate General of Korea in Chicago. The Consulate has responsibility for diplomatic relations, visa and other services throughout the Midwestern region. New Consul General Kim Sang-Il arrived in Chicago to take charge of his new post as head of the Consulate in June 2013.