Volume 19, Number 1 November 13, 2000

A Newsletter for The Association Of Korean Political Studies In North America


President: Kyung-Ae Park     Editor: Seung-Ho Joo     Assistant Editor: Amanda Westland


Election Results

At the 2000 Washington APSA Meeting, Prof. Kyung-Ae Park (University of British Colombia) and Prof. HeeMin Kim (Florida State University) were re-elected as President and Vice-President of the Association. Prof. Seung-Ho Joo was reappointed Executive Secretary by Prof. Kyung-Ae Park.

Two governing board members were elected at the 2000 APSA meeting. The newly elected governing board members are: Prof. Tong Whan Park (Northwestern University) and Prof. Russell Mardon (California State Univ., Fresno). Governing Board members serve a three-year term.


AKPSNA featured four panels at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 31-September 3, 2000 in Washington, D.C. Prof. Uk Heo (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) served as APSA program chair. Of the four panels, two were organized by Prof. Heo, and the remaining two were by Prof. Ilpyong Kim (Univ. of Connecticut) in connection with the AKPSNA-Sejong joint research project.

Dr. Sung-Chul Yang, Korean Ambassador to Washington, kindly hosted a dinner banquet in his residence on Aug. 31 for AKPSNA members attending the 2000 APSA meeting. About 60 AKPSNA members and its program participants were present at the dinner. We would like to express our deep appreciation to our generous hosts, Dr. and Mrs. Yang.


(This information is also available at APSA website: <http://www.apsanet.org/mtgs/related/index.cfm>

The next annual meeting of the American Political Science Association will be held in San Francisco, August 29-September 2, 2001. AKPSNA will hold one panel at the meeting. The Program Chair, Professor Sunhyuk Kim (the University of Southern California) is seeking proposals for papers, chairperson, and discussants.

Papers on any aspects of Korea’s domestic politics and foreign relations are welcome. Paper proposals should include paper title, one-page abstract, name(s) of (co-) author(s), address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation. Please send your proposals and correspondence by December 31, 2000 to:

Professor Sunhyuk Kim
Program Chair, AKPSNA 2001
Department of Political Science
University of Southern California
3518 Trousdale Parkway, VKC 327
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0044
Phone: (213) 740-1683
Fax: (213) 740-8893
e-mail: sunhyukk@usc.edu

APSA’s Changed Policy on Related Groups’ panels

In its centennial efforts to restructure the organization and streamline Annual Meetings, APSA has adopted new participation guidelines for related groups at the last APSA Council, and adjusted next year’s panel allocations accordingly. Unfortunately, AKPSNA received only one panel (compared with two to four panels in the past few years) for the 2001 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Of fifty-five (55) APSA Related Groups, five (5) groups received four or more panels; nine (9) groups received two or three panels; and forty-one (41) groups received only one panel. All of the single-country study groups like AKPSNA, except for British Politics Group (4 panels) and Japan Political Studies Group (2 panels), received only one panel. They include Association of Chinese Political Studies, Association of Israel Studies, Conference Group on French Politics and Society, Conference Group on German Politics, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, Conference Group on Taiwan Studies, and Society for Romanian Studies.

Membership directory

AKPSNA’s updated membership directory is being mailed out to its members. If you have not received a copy, please contact AKPSNA Executive-Secretary, Prof. Seung-Ho Joo. e-mail: <joos@mrs.umn.edu>


AKPSNA’s website is available at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/~joos/akpsna.
New membership directory and other information is available at the website.


Dr. Tae-Hwan Kwak (President of KINU and editor-in-chief of IJKUS) invites submission of paper manuscripts to International Journal of Korean Unification Studies (IJKUS) (formerly, Korean Journal of Unification Studies). If you wish to have your paper published with IJKUS, please e-mail Seung-Ho Joo, IJKUS North American Editor at <joos@mrs.umn.edu> your paper, an abstract, and your biodata. IJKUS is published twice a year by the Korean Institute of National Unification (KINU), Seoul., and detailed information about the journal can be found at the KINU home page at <http://www.kinu.or.kr>.

Prof. Kwang Il Baik of Inha University (Inchon, Korea) invites the submission of manuscripts "on all aspects of politics, economics, societies and culture of the Pacific region and its countries," for the journal, Pacific Focus.  If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the journal, please contact Prof. Baik. Tel: 011-82-32-860-7963, e-mail intstudy@dragon.inha.ac.kr, The Editor, Center for International Studies, Inha University, Inchon, Korea

The International Journal of Korean Studies is published twice a year by the International Council on Korean Studies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Korean studies in the United States and abroad. The journal's editors welcome submission of papers dealing with various aspects of modern Korea. For further information, please contact Professor Hong Nack Kim, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Korean Studies, Department of Political Science, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6317. Tel. (304) 293-3811; Fax: (304) 293-8644;e-mail: hongkim@wvu.edu


Dr. Jong Ryool Lee, former minister of political affairs in the Korean government and currently chairman of the Research Institute for New Korea (RINK) gave a brown-bag luncheon lecture at SAIS of Johns Hopkins University on Oct. 16. on "Kim Dai Jung's sunshine policy and Inter Korean Relations." His homepage address is <www.rink.or.kr>.

Prof. Kyung-Ae Park (Univ. of British Colombia) has served as the guest editor of the winter 2000 issue of the Pacific Affairs, which is published as a special issue on Korea.  It contains articles by Scott Snyder, Kyung-Ae Park, Robert Bedeski, and Han S. Park. 

Prof. Keon Soo Chi (Georgetown College) has completed his term as Academic Dean and returned to teaching at Georgetown College. Currently he also serves as editor-in-chief of The Journal of State Government and is on editorial boards of several national journals, including State and Local Government Review (University of Georgia), American Review of Public Administration (University of Missouri) and Public Integrity (Florida State University.) Until recently, he served as section editor for state and local government for the American Public Administration Review. Dr. Chi is interested in communicating with AKPSNA members who are engaged in research and publication in the area of comparative studies of state/local politics and administration in Korea and U.S.   

Prof. Ilpyong Kim (Univ. of Connecticut) has been awarded The Global Korea Award for 2000 by the Council on Korean Studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing. More than 300 people attended the award ceremony for Prof. Kim's contribution to Korean Studies in the United States by founding the International Council on Korean Studies and serving as its president (1996-2000) and publishing the International Journal of Korean Studies for the past four years.

Prof. Sunhyuk Kim (Univ. of Southern California) is currently serving as the director of an international project, "Assessing Korea and Promoting Change," of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2000-2001, he will organize and hold five task force meetings on various issues of Korean politics and inter-Korean relations in Los Angeles, Seoul, and Seattle. About fifty Americans, Koreans, and Korean-Americans will participate in each meeting. A report on the critical factors that will shape Korea's future will be published at the conclusion of the project in May 2001.

Prof. Chin-Ha Suk (York College of Pennsylvania) was the keynote speaker for

The 50th Anniversary of the Korean War sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs of York County. His article ("Reflections

on the Korean War") appeared in the Sunday edition (June 25, 2000) of the Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA.

An English translation of the full text of Syngman Rhee's "The Spirit of Independence" will be published in early 2001 by the University of Hawaii Press in association with the Institute for Modern Korean Studies, Yonsei University. Rhee's passionate plea addressed to his fellow countrymen to safeguard the nation's independence by adopting drastic measures of modernization was written in 1904 while he was serving a long term in a Seoul prison. Prof. Han-Kyo Kim (Univ. of Cincinnati) translated, annotated, and wrote an introduction for this first book by Rhee.

Prof. Wayne Patterson (St. Norbert College) will be teaching modern Korean history and Korean-American relations during the coming spring and summer terms at Harvard University as Visiting Professor of Korean History.

Prof. George O. Totten (Univ. of Southern California) has acted as a kind of advisor to President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea since 1983, when the man was in exile in the US. He has edited books written by both Kim and his wife. Kim’s wife, the first lady of Korea, was honored at the University of Southern California this past spring.

Prof. Jae Moon has been named Teacher of the Year at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver (1999-2000). He is also the recipient of a research grant from Pricewaterhouse Coopers Endowment for the Business of Government (Spring 2001).


Beck, Peter M. "Korea's Embattled Chaebol: Are They Serious about Restructuring?" in The Two Koreas in 2000: Sustaining Recovery and Seeking Reconciliation. Washington D.C.: Korea Economic Institute of America, September 2000.

Haggard, Stephen. The Political Economy of the Asian Financial Crisis. Institute for International Economics, 2000.

Kang, David. Crony Capitalism: Corruption & Development in South Korea and the Philippines. Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming).

____. "Bad Loans to Good Friends: Money Politics in South Korea." International Organization. (forthcoming).

Kim, Sunhyuk. The Politics of Democratization in Korea: The Role of Civil Society. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.

Moon, Jae. "Organizational Commitment Revisited in New Public Management: Motivation,

Organizational Culture, Sector, and Managerial Level." Public Productivity and Management Review, vol. 24, no. 2. 2000.


The following members have made generous contributions to our organization this year:

Tong Whan Park, Northwesstern Univ. ($200)
Tae-Hwan Kwak, Korea Institute for National Unification ($100)
Chung-Min Hyun, Kyunggi Univ. ($100)
George O. Totten, Univ. of Southern California ($40)


AKPSNA is run by your membership dues. Your timely remission of membership dues is essential for the Association’s operation. If you have not paid 2000-01 membership due, please make a $20 check payable to AKPSNA and mail to Prof. Seung-Ho Joo, Univ. of Minnesota-Morris, 109 Camden, Morris, MN 56267. The Association welcomes donations. As 501 (3) non-profit organization, all dues and donations to AKPSNA are tax deductible.

Receipts for your membership fees and donations available upon request.

AKPSNA Officers and the Governing Board

President: Kyung-Ae Park, Univ. of British Columbia
Vice-President: HeeMin Kim, Florida State Univ

Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Seung-Ho Joo, Univ. of Minnesota-Morris

Governing Board: (term in parenthesis)

Won Mo Dong, Southern Methodist Univ. (98-01)

Hee-Min Kim, Florida State Univ. (98-01)

Han S. Park, Univ. of Georgia (98-01)

Kyung-Ae Park, Univ. of British Columbia (99-02)

Aie-Rie Lee, Texas Tech Univ. (99-02)

Tong Whan Park, Northwestern Univ. (00-03)

Russell Mardon, California State Univ.-Fresno (00-03)

**All inquiries or news information you wish to share should be directed to Dr. Seung-Ho Joo, University of Minnesota-Morris, 109 Camden, Morris, MN 56267. Tel: 320-589-6203 (O); 320-589-3889 (H); fax: 320-589-6117; e-mail: joos@mrs.umn.edu