(Photo Gallery) Busan Remembers UN Soldiers from 22 Countries

On November 3, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the “Turn Toward Busan Peace Festival” with his children and spoke to the public about the enduring nature of the U.S.-ROK friendship.  The event, hosted by The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Busan Regional Office and attended by over 3000 Busan citizens , is to remind ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Marks the Special Exhibition on Joseon Tongshinsa

On October 25, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Busan Museum’s special exhibition “Documents of Joseon Tongshinsa.” The event was held to commemorate the first anniversary of the enshrinement of the Joseon Tongshinsa as a UNESCO Memory of the World item. The “Joseon Tongshinsa” refers goodwill diplomatic missions that ...
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(Photo Gallery) Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Speaks at World Ocean Forum in Busan

On October 17, at the 12th Annual World Ocean Forum in Busan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper spoke to an audience of over 300 researchers, tech innovators, and maritime industry leaders about the United States’ commitment to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific region and emphasized U.S.’s willingness ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses “Korea Matters for America | America Matters for Korea”

As a special guest speaker at the Busan World Affairs Council’s Seminar,  Consul Daniel Gedacht discussed how and why “Korea matters for America and America Matters for Korea” on October 10, 2018.  Over 100 students and faculty of Pukyong National University, along with members of the Busan World Affairs Council listened and participated in a ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht Emphasizes “i” – I Love Myself

On September 19, Consul Daniel Gedacht performed a reading of his Korean translation of “i” by the American Pulitzer and Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar at the “Eoulim Poem Recitation 2018” of the Busan Municipal Simin Library.  The audience of over 100, ranging from elementary school students to retirees, participated in the call-and-response of “I love myself,” spreading ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht on KNN TV’s “People Focus”

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus.“  Consul Gedacht introduced the functions and roles of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his personal stories as a U.S. diplomat.  The interview was conducted all in Korean, and he even surprised the anchor and audience by singing ...
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(Photo Gallery) Discussion on Geo-Politics with High School Students

On September 12, Dana M. Jea, Public Diplomacy Officer of the U.S. Embassy and Consul Daniel C. Gedacht met with thirty local high school students at Busan Foreign Language High School for an open and interactive discussion on geopolitical issues, trade, and the U.S.-ROK alliance.   This served as a great opportunity for Mission Korea to ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul “Interviews” with Busan e-FM and Dynamic Busan

On July 24, Consul Daniel Gedacht was invited as the special guest of Busan e-FM’s hour-long interview program, “The Interview.”  He answered wide-ranging questions from host Daniel Shin on the role of the U.S. Consulate, as well as his life and career as a diplomat.  Click the link below to listen the interview. http://www.befm.or.kr/radio/ProgramAction.do?cmd=PlayListMgr&prgmId=scent&tab=PRGM_SCRIPT   In the ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Integration At the AEIF Symposium

On July 20, Consul Daniel Gedacht delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the “Symposium of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017”, and members of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy staff participated in a roundtable discussion. AEIF is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and selects the recipients annually.  At the symposium, participants ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Lays A Wreath at Memorial Service of General Whitcomb

On July 12, Consul Daniel Gedacht attended the 36th memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  General Richard S. Whitcomb is widely respected for his efforts to help Busan children who were orphaned during the Korean War.  He is also recognized for helping ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Students from Ulsan Foreign Language High School

On July 9, Consul Daniel Gedacht welcomed 16 students and a teacher from Ulsan Foreign Language High School.  Consul Gedacht opened with welcome remarks and gave a special lecture on the life and career as a U.S. diplomat and shared his experiences from the various countries in which he has served as an American diplomat. ...
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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Conducts CLP Training at Gimhae International Airport

On July 5, CBP Attaché Edward V. Bayron and Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training for employees of Gimhae International Airport and airlines.  The CLP program is designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S.A, Guam, ...
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U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

On July 3, U.S. Consulate Busan celebrated the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence with over 220 distinguished guests at the Park Hyatt Busan.  Charge d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper delivered welcoming remarks and introduced the new Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht, who addressed how excited he was to be in Busan by leading a toast.
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(Photo Gallery) Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce Meets WEST Exchange Students

June 22, 2018 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational And Cultural Affairs Marie Royce  (3rd from left) Addressed Roughly 200 Korean Participants in the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) Exchange Heading to the United States for Intensive English Coursework and Professional Internships.
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(Photo Gallery) Spokesperson Turnbull Demystifies U.S.- Korea Relations for Students

Filling in for Consul Dae Kim for two weeks, Embassy Spokesperson Daniel Turnbull had opportunity to discuss U.S – Korea relations with students at two prominent universities in Busan.  Mr. Turnbull visited Dongseo University and, after a courtesy call with President Chang Jekuk, gave a lecture to forty undergraduate students on the four dimensions—defense, political, ...
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(Photo Gallery) CDA Marc Knapper Bids Bon Voyage at Korea Maritime and Ocean University

On May 9, Chargé d’ Affaires Marc Knapper delivered congratulatory remarks at the ‘Bon Voyage’ ceremony to celebrate the departure of approximately 280 students, faculty, and crew for overseas on-the-job training aboard ‘Hanbada-ho’ and ‘Hannara-ho’ training vessels of the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan.  After the ceremony, CDA Knapper joined a fishing class ...
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(Photo Gallery) ACS and USCIS Provide Off-site Service at the Consulate

On April 17-18, American Citizen Services (ACS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul provided their off-site services at the Consulate on a walk-in basis, answering inquiries on immigration and citizenship process, accepting applications for passports and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), performing notarial services, etc.  The next ...
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(Photo Gallery) Dan Gedacht Explains Diplomat’s Life to Eighth Graders

Daniel Gedacht, currently a Korean language student at FSI Seoul, visited Busan April 4-6 for a foretaste of the city and the Consulate.   Mr. Gedacht toured and consulted with officials at the Busan American Corner, United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), Busan Modern History Museum, and several other museums in Busan and Gimhae. Mr. ...
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(Photo Gallery) Vice President Mike Pence Meets President Moon Jae-in

February 8, 2018 – Vice President Pence had a productive bilateral meeting with President Moon Jae-in reconfirming the United States’ unwavering commitment to the U.S.-ROK alliance and to deterring and defending against the North Korean threat.  The Vice President is in the Republic of Korea to lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks and Sings at Busan e-FM’s “Morning Wave in Busan”

On January 16, Consul Dae Kim was the special guest on the popular live talk show “Morning Wave in Busan,“ Busan e-FM’s radio program.  During the live interview, he explained the role and function of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his own work experience.  He also played the guitar and sang John Denver’s ...
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Consul Addresses Cultural Differences, Life in Silicon Valley

On October 12, Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a lecture on “Cultural Differences from a Diplomat’s Perspective and Life in Silicon Valley” to a group of 40 Korean youths at K-Move, an organization which assists young Koreans find employment overseas.  For over two hours, Consul Kim shared his insights from the six countries he served ...
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Consulate Busan Hosts ‘Pizza Chat’ With Policemen

On September 29, Consulate Busan invited 40 policemen who guard the Consulate to chat with Consul Dae B. Kim for an hour over pizza, using the spacious facilities of “K-Move,” the Consulate’s next-door neighbor.   Consul Kim explained the role and function of the Consulate and fielded wide-ranging questions from the young policemen, who provide protection ...
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Consulate Busan Inks MOU With ‘K-Move’

On September 6,  U.S. Consul Dae B. Kim and ‘K-Move’ Director-General Choi Hee-sook signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stipulating that the Consulate occasionally provide speakers to K-Move’s programs in exchange for the use of its spacious facilities for the Consulate’s programs.  K-Move is a Korean government agency that assists young Koreans find employment overseas.
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Engages Buddhist Community Through Music

On August 25, Consul Dae B. Kim performed two songs at a musical gathering organized by a prominent Buddhist temple in Busan.  More than 100 monks and family members from various temples in Busan attended the evening gathering at the “Hongbeopsa” temple.  Consul Kim sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” followed by a ...
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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Shines at Pohang Fireworks Festival

On July 29, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper was one of the distinguished guests to press the button on the outdoor stage to officially kick off the “14th Pohang International Fire and Light Festival” with over 100,000 Pohang citizens in the audience. Earlier in the evening, CDA Knapper proposed a toast at the official VIP dinner ...
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(Photo Gallery) Concert Celebrates Anniversaries of CNFK, ROK Navy

On July 20, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and the Republic of Korea Fleet Command celebrated their 60th and 65th anniversaries, respectively, and the close bilateral alliance, by hosting a joint concert at the KBS Concert Hall in Busan.  The concert featured navy bands of both countries, prominent pop and classical singers, break dancers, ...
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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Trains Airline, Airport Security, Immigration Service Staff

On July 7, Edward V. Bayron, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché from Embassy Seoul, conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training at Gimhae International Airport. Designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S., Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana ...
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(Photo Gallery) Happy 241st Birthday, America!

On July 5, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper hosted Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception at Park Hyatt Busan. He greeted over 240 guests individually and gave welcome remarks, during which he highlighted Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s recent visit to Washington, DC. After a brief, dignified ceremony the mood quickly turned festive, with the guests ...
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(Photo Gallery) CDA Attends Musical Rehearsal

On July 5, prior to Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception, Chargé d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper conferred with Dongseo University President Jang, Je-guk, observed a rehearsal by the University’s musical theater students, and hosted them to an informal pizza lunch. Dongseo is the only university in Busan which offers a major in musical theater.  
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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Headlines Security Conference

On June 9, Professor Bernard Rowan of Chicago State University, visiting Korea under the auspices of Consulate Busan, spoke on “Prospects for Korean Unification” at an international conference of the Korean Association of Area Studies (KAAS), held at Dong-A University in Busan.  Around 100 professors, students and distinguished guests, including Korean Ambassador for North Korean ...
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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Discusses Barriers to Korean Unification

June 8, 2017 – Visiting Korea on a Department of State-sponsored program, Dr. Bernard Rowan, Professor of Chicago State University, spoke on “Some Barriers to Korean Unification” to 40-50 undergraduate students and faculty members, and 10 invited guests at the Pukyong National University.  He also took part in a live radio interview with the highly ...
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(Photo Gallery) American Dancers Shine at Dance Festival

Four American dancers from New York-based Brian Brooks Company performed their modern dance repertoire at the 13th Busan International Dance Festival, at the outdoor stage on Korea’s most popular Haeundae beach.  Their performance was the finale on Saturday, June 3, the most popular evening of the June 2-4 Festival.  Their visit was made possible by ...
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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper Crisscrosses Jeju Island

May 20, 2017 – Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (CDA) Marc Knapper visited the island of Jeju, taking the pulse of its leadership and engaging in public outreach.  The CDA first exchanged views on the bilateral relationship with Governor Won Hee-ryong.  He then traversed to the eastern coast of the island to  attend the “6th International ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Quotes Lincoln – “of, by, for the People”

On May 19, 2017 –  Consul Dae B. Kim gave a lecture on “U.S. Democracy” to around 400 students at the Busan International Foreign Language High School.  Borrowing Lincoln’s famous words from the Gettysburg Address, Dae Kim began by describing democracy as “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”  He explained ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Highlights Cultural Differences

April 24, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a presentation on “Cultural Difference from a Diplomat’s Perspective” to a group of 15-20 educators, community organizers and businesspersons.  Sharing his work and life from six countries, Dae Kim humorously highlighted the values and customs of those countries.  The group, members of which have been studying ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Sings at Hospice Ceremony

On April 1, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim gave congratulatory remarks and sang at the opening ceremony of a major hospice in Busan.  The owner of the hospice is a well-known third-generation doctor and an active community organizer; around 200 guests – including prominent National Assembly members, district ward mayors, city council members, hospital ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Kim Gives Presentation on “Culture and Policy”

March 21, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim gave a presentation to around 30 academics, businessmen and women, third-country diplomats and honorary consuls on the topic of “Culture and Policy.”  The audience was a combined group of Busan World Affairs Council members and Pukyung National University’s continuing education class on International Relations.  A lively discussion ...
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(Photo Gallery) Cultural Affairs Officer Discusses the Movie “Hidden Figures” With Busan’s Moviegoers

March 18, 2017 – U.S. Consulate Busan and English radio station E-fm co-arranged a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” at Busan Cinema Center.  Mark Canning, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, led a post-movie discussion on African-American history, highlighting important contributions made by the movie’s protagonists to the U.S. space program.
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(Photo Gallery) Ambassador Speaks at Symposium on Dr. Homer Hulbert

Ambassador Mark W. Lippert delivered congratulatory remarks at the 2016 International Symposium for Dr. Homer B. Hulbert, highlighting the enduring people-to-people ties between the U.S. and Korea. Dr. Hulbert came to Korea in 1886, and devoted a great deal of his life to advance Hangeul and to foster the relationship between our two nations.
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(Photo Gallery) “Ty Stephens and the Souljaazz” Sizzles, Dazzles Crowds in Busan

October 28, 2016 – U.S. Consulate Busan hosted the New York-based Broadway jazz band “Ty Stephens and the Souljaazz” for the citizens of Busan from October 23 – October 28.  They were invited to Busan twice in as many years due to their remarkable impact on the local jazz scene and demand from the local ...
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July 25, 2016 (Photo)

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Knapper (left) and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Robert Ogburn (right) pose with program participants after finishing the Embassy Youth Forum: Real People Talking event on “Current Trends in U.S.-Korea Relations And Career Paths and the Life of a Diplomat, including His Role as DCM” at the American Center Korea.
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July 13, 2016 (Photo)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen Burns visited the new Shin-Kori 4 nuclear power plant during the July 10-16 trip to South Korea and examined the newest nuclear power stimulator of Korea to support America’s expanding energy partnership with Korea demonstration.
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February 25, 2016 (Photo)

Director of American Spaces Anthony Tranchina conducts a storytelling session with children from Sejong City, a new “planned city”, which plays host to several Korean government ministries. The event, held at the National Library of Korea, was a half-day version of the Embassy’s popular “Uncle Sam’s Camp” to promote an interest in reading, English language learning and U.S. history ...
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January 5, 2016 (Photo)

Prof. Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University gives a talk on ‘The Memory of Homer Hulbert and his Contribution to Korea’s Internationalism’ as part of the U.S.-Korea Relations: Legacy Series. Hulbert lived in Korea on and off between 1886 and 1907, eventually becoming the loudest Western voice advocating for Korean independence during the Japanese ...