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Prospects for Regional Integration in East Asia: The Role of South Korea and Implications for the Americas

Joint Research Project II (2010-2011) for the Korean Studies in the Americas

Friday, May 06, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This project brought together ten scholars from different countries, such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Korea, and the U.S. to discuss the possibility of regional integration in East Asia with a focus on Korea's role and position in this process. The first year of this project, 2009-10, was devoted to research and writing first drafts. During the second year, 2010-11, a conference was held to discuss research findings.

9:30-10:30 Patterns of Regional Integration in Pre-modern East Asia 
  • John Duncan, UCLA
  • Discussant: Alfredo Romero Castilla, UNAM
10:30-11:30 China and the United States as Historical Regional Hegemons: An Alternative Lens for Explaining Contemporary East Asia
  • David Kang, USC
  • Discussant: Alfredo Romero Castilla, UNAM
1:00-2:00 A Comparative Analysis on Regional Integration Communities and Implications for East Asia: A Regional Integration Index Approach
  • Wonho Kim, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Discussant: Lytton Guimarães, University of Brasília
2:00-3:00 Economic Integration in East Asia: Possible Impacts on Latin America and Korea
  • José Luis León-Manríquez, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco
  • Discussant: John Duncan, UCLA
3:30-4:30 Korean Transnational Corporations: Driving Force in the Processes of Regional Integration
  • Juan Felipe López Aymes, El Colegio de México & Alejandra Salas-Porras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Discussant: Namhee Lee, UCLA
4:30-5:00 Final Discussion & Closing




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