CANCELLED – Easing Trilateral Tensions in East Asia: Is the Media’s Coverage a Help or a Hindrance?

Event: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, San Francisco

This event has been cancelled.

Communications theory tells us that when there is conflict, its severity should decrease as the amount of communication between the conflicting sides increases. But when it comes to the three major nations in East Asia– Korea, Japan, and China, greater media coverage often seems to exacerbate tensions.

The Asia Foundation invites you to join a seasoned journalist from Korea to discuss some of the reasons why media coverage tends to inflame public opinion in these countries and undermine diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions – and the implications for U.S. policy in the region going forward.

Kyoungtae Kim, an editor and director with the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation in Seoul, Korea, and Fellow in the prestigious Nieman Fellowship Program with the support of The Asia Foundation. Based at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the program hosts accomplished journalists from around the globe, providing a year-long opportunity to explore issues of interest identified by the journalists themselves through seminars, workshops, master classes and independent research with Harvard scholars and other leading thinkers in the Cambridge area.