CDA Blog #28: Avengers Movie

To observe World Intellectual Property Day and highlight the problem of piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America, through its global offices, works with U.S. embassies to host screenings of popular films likely to be copied and sold illegally.  That’s why U.S. Embassy Seoul partnered with the Motion Picture Association of Korea to host a ...
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CDA Blog #26: Team USA Veterans

I recently had the opportunity to attend multiple events at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the biggest winter Paralympic games in history.  Watching the competitions was as exhilarating as it was meaningful. The PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games really celebrated the concepts of coexistence and passion.  Becoming a Paralympian requires a lot of hard work ...
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CDA Blog #25: Women’s History Month

Every March, the United States observes Women’s History Month and recognizes the incredible contributions that women have made, and continue to make, to our nation. Since the founding of the United States, women have played an essential role in our society, despite not always receiving the same recognition as their male counterparts.  Although today you ...
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CDA Blog #24: PyeongChang Olympics

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games have come to an end, and the Republic of Korea was an amazing host.  Given all of the glowing media reports about the Games’ infrastructure and organization, I’d say that the international community agrees.  Korean cuisine and culture were introduced to a multitude of foreigners in a manner that ...
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CDA Blog #23: Trilateral Meeting

Every year, the U.S. Ambassadors to Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea hold a trilateral meeting to discuss issues related to Northeast Asia. This year, in my role as Chargé d’Affaires, I had the honor of inviting Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty and his wife Mrs. Christine Lock-Paddon Hagerty, as ...
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CDA Blog #21: The 50th Anniversary of Korea’s National Park

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first designated national park in the Republic of Korea, Jirisan Mountain.  All of Korea’s National Parks are managed by the Korea National Park Service (KNPS), which has done an incredible job conserving and protecting Korea’s 21 beautiful national parks.  Established in 1987, 20 years after the opening ...
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CDA Blog #19: Preparations for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

On November 25, I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the new Korea Train Express (KTX) line connecting Seoul (and Incheon International Airport) with the eastern city of Gangneung, the main transportation hub for all of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Foreign Minister Kang invited hundreds of foreign diplomats and business and ...
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CDA Blog #18: USS Ronald Reagan

Recently, the United States sent three of the world’s largest aircraft carriers – the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) – to the Western Pacific to carry out a three Carrier Strike Force exercise.  This type of exercise, which included ships from the ROK Navy, serves ...
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CDA Blog #17: Hurricane Relief Efforts

In the last month, three different hurricanes made landfall in the United States.  Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented flooding across the U.S. southern coast, with record rainfall and extreme winds causing widespread damage to homes and other buildings. Following Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma hit Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Hurricane Irma was a ...
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CDA Blog #15 : Disabilities and Multiculturalism

This year the U.S. Embassy was a proud sponsor of the 2017 Sokcho International Disability Film Festival.  Established in 2014, the festival started as a small local event, providing a venue for people with disabilities to learn how to make movies and showcase their own films. This year’s festival featured the U.S. documentary Right Footed, ...
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CDA Blog #10 : Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity 2017

The Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity is a regional multilateral dialogue for promoting peace and prosperity in Asia.  Launched in 2001, the annual Forum is hosted by the Government of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, with support from the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and draws thousands of participants from all over the ...
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CDA Blog #9: United States Congressional Delegations

Numerous U.S. congressional delegations (CODELs) visit the Republic of Korea (ROK) every year.  Unlike the U.S. President, Secretary of State, or other members of the executive branch, a CODEL consists of members and senior staff of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate (collectively, “Congress”), which make up the legislative branch of the ...
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CDA Blog #4 – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Korea

On March 17, I had the pleasure of welcoming U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the Republic of Korea (ROK).  By visiting so early in his tenure, the Secretary underscored the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance and the strong foundation on which it rests. The Secretary’s schedule in the ROK was tightly packed, and ...
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CDA Blog #2: Black History Month & Hidden Figures

Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have endeavored to realize the ideal that our nation should be a beacon of liberty and opportunity for the world.  Countless generations of immigrants have come to our shores in order to better their lives and to gain greater personal freedoms.  It is important to remember, however, that some Americans ...
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