China, Korea and Japan Today
Examining the Cultures and Histories of East Asia and Today's Challenges
The Center for Asian Business in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University has received a major grant over a three year period from the International Communications Foundation in Seoul, Korea, to provide a lecture series and entertainment media screenings for the LMU community—students, faculty, staff and neighbors. The International Communication Foundation was founded in 1982 by Young Bin Min, chairman of YBM/Si-sa, a Seoul-based corporation. The foundation's mission is to increase awareness and promote the status of Korean culture worldwide.
The grant was awarded to the CAB to provide opportunities for the LMU community to have a better understanding of who Asians are, that is, the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans. Lecturers will explore Asian issues from cultural, sociological, political, economic and business perspectives, and screenings of entertainment media that are socially and culturally significant will be enjoyed and critiqued.
The purpose for the series of monthly events is to provide opportunities for LMU students to gain a deeper understanding of East Asian countries in context, and eventually to be better equipped to work in this competitive global marketplace after they enter the workforce. America is no longer the sole superpower in today's global society. Unfortunately, however, foreigners know more about us than we do about them. As LMU is a major university located on the Pacific Rim in one of the world's most culturally diverse cities, and located in the world capital of the entertainment media, the Center for Asian Business seeks to help the LMU community fill the gap. We are deeply grateful that the ICF grant will allow us to provide these special events.
These monthly events will be twofold: the monthly lecture series will focus on current Asian issues that have an influence on our economy, foreign affairs and cultural understanding. The lecture series will be offered during the academic year by prominent experts followed by Q&A sessions. The series will be podcast through the CAB website.
There will be a monthly entertainment media screening, such as movies or documentaries which identify socio-cultural systems and lifestyles in China, Korea and Japan. These events will be free to the LMU community. (The CBA will provide refreshments during the Q&A session and movies.)