The Asia Foundation Commemorates 60 Years of Addressing Critical Issues in Korea
Seoul, November 11, 2014 — On November 6, The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala as part of the Foundation’s year-long, global conversation on the critical issues facing Asia today. Hosted by Chairman of the Korean-American Association and former Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo, the day included a panel discussion and roundtable.
The Foundation and Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (FOTAF) held a joint panel discussion with former Korea Country Representatives, and a celebratory gala dinner at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul. The day-long event commenced with the “America’s Role in Asia” Roundtable, featuring the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board David M. Lampton as the keynote speaker. The roundtable was followed by the panel discussion featuring five former Korea Country Representatives, whose tenures ranged from 1963 to 2014, including Peter Beck and David Steinberg. In addition to the Foundation’s 60th anniversary, 2014 is the ten-year anniversary of FOTAF.
The 60th Anniversary reception and gala dinner commenced with honorary committee chairs, Chairman of JoongAng Media Network and former Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Hong Seok-hyun; Chairman of World Peace Forum Kim Jin-hyun; and Ambassador Michael H. Armacost who gave special remarks. The Foundation’s President David D. Arnold gave a brief reflection and presented the Foundation’s Acting Country Representative in Korea Kyung-sook Lee with the Presidential Service Award. Recently appointed U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was also in attendance, making his first public appearance since starting the post.
South Korea has undergone a dramatic transition in recent decades, and the Foundation has been on the ground for 60 years assisting in that transition. Since 1954, the Foundation’s office in Seoul works to strengthen the capacity of South Korean government agencies and NGOs, promotes international exchanges with North Korea, and facilitates regional cooperation in Northeast Asia.
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