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Former and current ambassadors to give lectures on ASEAN

Former and current South Korean ambassadors will give a series of lectures in Seoul on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from May 31 through July 5 to enhance understanding of its 10 member countries.

The ASEAN-Korea Center has organized the lectures on relations between Korea and ASEAN members and ways to improve them.

The center is an international body established in March 2009 under an agreement between Seoul and 10 ASEAN members to bolster mutual exchanges in various areas including tourism, culture and investment.

The lectures were organized to meet the rising need to better understand ASEAN nations, especially as most female migrants to marry Koreans come from Southeast Asia.

A total of six lectures are scheduled to be held. On May 31, former ambassador to Malaysia Yang Bong-ryull, who currently serves as envoy to the ASEAN, will give the first of the series.

In a lecture titled “Rising ASEAN and Korea,” Yang will explain the history of the ASEAN focused on how it has integrated all member states since its inception in 1967. He will also touch on differences between Koreans and peoples in ASEAN states in light of their ways of thinking, lifestyles and culture.

On June 7, former ambassador to Indonesia Lee Sun-jin will give a lecture on the economic integration of the East Asian countries and how it will affect the region and Korea in the future.

On June 14, former ambassador to China Shin Jeong-seung will introduce China’s economic strategies and efforts to expand its economic exchanges with ASEAN member states.

On June 21, Seo Jeong-in, a senior Foreign Ministry official will lecture on Japan’s economic and diplomatic strategies to deal with Southeast Asian nations.

Former ambassador to Vietnam Lim Hong-jae will talk on the economic developments of China and Vietnam and their bilateral relations on June 28. Former envoy to Cambodia Lee Won-hyeong will discuss the increasing importance of ASEAN nations as one of Korea’s key trading partners on July 5.

More information on the series of lectures is available at the center’s website,

By Song Sang-ho (
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