New Publication Released on Asia Foundation’s Work in Korea

Seoul, June 16, 2017 — The Asia Foundation’s Korea Office is pleased to announce the publication of A Partner for Change: Six Decades of The Asia Foundation in Korea. This book details more than sixty years of The Asia Foundation’s presence in Korea as the country rapidly and dynamically transformed after a devastating war in the mid-twentieth century.

For more than six decades, The Asia Foundation has responded to the ever-changing needs of the Korean people by building relationships and addressing the critical issues facing the country with creativity, expertise and commitment. This publication is a historical record of Korea’s remarkable journey and the Foundation’s initiatives, partnerships, programs and events to support that journey. It details the rapid development of Korea—growth that to date serves as an example of how a country can far exceed development expectations in a matter of decades: the country is now actively sharing lessons of its own transformation from aid recipient to donor.

David Steinberg, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Korea from 1963-68 and then again from 1994-98, writes in the book: “The Asia Foundation is unique among foreign private organizations in Korea in that it has maintained a presence here for more than 60 years, and, throughout, has responded to the tumultuous and vibrant times by adapting to Korea’s own transformation. The achievement of this balance, adapting to changing needs and assisting in the preservation of Korean identity while simultaneously responding to regional and global trends, has made The Asia Foundation’s work in Korea singular.”

The Asia Foundation continued its work even after other international organizations ceased operations in the country. From the beginning, the Foundation recognized Korea’s enormous potential and made conscientious efforts to support the country’s aspirations for economic, intellectual, and institutional development. A Partner for Change details the Foundation’s efforts to move the overarching goals of the Asia Foundation forward—to strengthen local governance, empower women, expand economic opportunities, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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