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Virtual Event – North Korean Refugee Entrepreneurs in South Korea: Unveiling Korea’s Hidden Potential

Event: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Berkeley, CA

4:00 PM Pacific

Seventy-five years after the onset of Asia’s Cold War, the world remains focused on the geopolitics of inter-Korean relations. Meanwhile, an emerging community of more than 33,000 refugees from North Korea currently live in South Korea; half aspiring to become entrepreneurs. Despite the potential insight the refugee community could offer, there is insufficient data and limited understanding of their circumstances and specific needs. To fill this gap, The Asia Foundation produced a report on “North Korean Refugee Entrepreneurs in South Korea: Unveiling Korea’s Hidden Potential.” 

Co-hosted with UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies, The Asia Foundation is proud to present this important discussion on the lives of refugee entrepreneurs. Expert panelists will discuss insights from North Korean refugee entrepreneurs and offer a set of strategic recommendations to bolster social inclusion and support refugee entrepreneurs in Korea.

Kwang Kim, Country Representative, Korea, The Asia Foundation

Oassama Hassenein, Distinguished Panelist and Chairman, Rising Tide Fund and Rising Tide Foundation
David Kang, Maria Crutcher Professor in International Relations, Business and East Asian Languages and Cultures | Director, Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California
Daehyeon Park, Founder and CEO, Woorion | Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Vinnie Aggarwal, Professor of Political Science, Director, Berkeley APEC Study Center, UC Berkeley

Register for this event.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) in order to fully participate, please contact [email protected] 7-10 days in advance of the event.

Related locations: Korea
Related topics: North Korea

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