Asia Foundation Supports 2016 Korean Film and Culture Workshop

San Francisco, July 22, 2016 — Last week, The Asia Foundation supported the 2016 Korean Film & Culture Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley. Hosted by the Center for Korean Studies, the workshop gathered scholars from the Korean Film archive and 15 different universities worldwide to present the results of their research on the “History and Historiography of Korean Film,” and “The Asia Foundation and Postwar Korean Culture.”

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In 1955, the Foundation began working with the Korean film industry to support Koreans in their efforts to developing a renaissance of Korean culture. Professor Christina Klein from Boston College who led one of several talks about The Asia Foundation and Korean film, noted how the Foundation pledged to “encourage artists… unite the people under a developing indigenous culture and link cultural progress to freedom under democracy.”

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Since 1954, The Asia Foundation’s programs in Korea have responded to a rapidly changing economic and political environment. Korea has undergone a dramatic transition, developing into an advanced economy and robust democracy that is considered a model for others. The Foundation supports Korea’s efforts to expand and deepen international development cooperation and knowledge-sharing within the Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation’s Korea programs also facilitate Northeast Asian regional cooperation, including exchanges with North Korea.

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