Introducing the P’yongyang project at SOAS

News of a lunchtime talk at SOAS this Thursday:

Introducing the P’yongyang project

Pyongyang Project logoDate: Thursday 16th February 2012 Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G2

The P’yongyang Project, founded in April 2009, is a non-profit academic project that pioneers a grassroots and humanistic approach to engaging the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The mission is to forge a new level of academic cooperation and cultural exchange between North Koreans and Westerners: http://www.ewco.ca/ Representatives from the Project will be visiting SOAS to discuss Korea after Kim Jong Il and to present information on their ground-breaking activities in North Korea, which past SOAS students have taken part in.

In this seminar members of the project will introduce project activities such as

  • The North South Dialogue Project, a two-week program that challenges 8 students from the West and 8 students from China to brainstorm solutions for maintaining regional stability and furthering peace between the two Koreas. This program travels through China, North Korea and South Korea, and will incorporate workshops, visits to NGOs, academic panels and university lectures.
  • THiNK (Transcending History in North Korea) is an intensive Korean Language Summer Study Program in P’yongyang—the first study abroad program for Westerners in the DPRK. This two-month language program is based at Kim Il Sung University. During the weekdays, students live in KISU dorms while studying intensive Korean language taught by North Korean teachers. Students will also be paired with North Korean university students who will act as their “language partners”. Through a two-way exchange of language, students will teach other English and Korean and learn more about each other’s lives.
  • Delegation Programs: 10-day programs that allow participants to explore the DPRK by interacting with North Korean locals and a combination of academic discussions, travel, and group bonding activities. These programs provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the core issues facing the nation and the region.

“Visiting North Korea with the Pyongyang Project in 2011 was without question one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The exposure we had and the activities we engaged in were unparalleled. Anyone studying Korea or East Asia would benefit hugely from taking part in one of their programmes. It has impacted my research and future career plans significantly.”

Past participant, Sarah Son, Dept. Japan and Korea

Everybody interested in North Korea and this project are welcome!

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(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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