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

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | March 28 | 4-6 p.m. | Haydn Williams Conference Room, 8th floor

 465 California St, San Francisco, CA

 Kyoungtae Kim, Director, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation

 The Asia Foundation

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.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 28th as a seasoned journalist from Korea discusses some of the reasons, historical and structural, why media coverage tends to inflame public opinion in these countries and undermine diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions. And what are 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, is currently a Fellow in the prestigious Nieman Fellowship Program under the auspices 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.

While at Harvard, Mr. Kim is studying the proper role of media in peacefully solving international conflicts, focusing specifically on Northeast Asia. He has worked as a TV journalist in one of the three national networks in Korea for 23 years, has traveled numerous times to North Korea, was a correspondent in Beijing for 3 years, and has served as desk editor for his newsroom's international news department.

 nadia.kelley@asiafoundation.org, 415-743-3369