East Asian Issues and the Naming of the Sea Between Korea and Japan

A Workshop in the American West

East Asian Issues and the Naming of the Sea Between Korea and Japan

This workshop will discuss the naming issue of the sea between the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago, East Sea versus Sea of Japan, in the broader context of the East Asian issues.


Friday, November 17, 2017
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Presentation Room
Charles E. Young Research Library
UCLA

 The East Asian region has long been an area of specific attention. Korea, Japan and China, as major actors of this area, have maintained rivalry relationships in its geopolitical location, but have also been important partners of exchange and cooperation in the economic and cultural settings. The influence of the political and economic climate of this region is not restricted to these countries; it does have strong relevance to the working of the Asia-Pacific, including the United States.

 A workshop has been prepared to discuss the naming issue of the sea between the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago, East Sea versus Sea of Japan, in the broader context of the East Asian issues. Since the early 1990s, the name of the sea area has been a cause of friction and debate between Korea and Japan. But it has also drawn great attention from other parties, such as international organizations, names authorities, and map-makers in the world. This workshop will provide historical and international relations as well as geopolitical perspectives to understand this naming issue.

 More uses of dual naming of East Sea/Sea of Japan are now practiced in the international society. A consensus on the education value led the State of Virginia to the legislation of so-called “dual-naming bill” in 2014, which required all textbooks to refer the sea as the East Sea when referring to the Sea of Japan. Despite this way forward to a solution, main contents and the current situation regarding the issue have not been fully understood or known to opinion leaders, teachers and citizens in the United States. This workshop aims to engage in a constructive discussion and possible solution by conveying general facts of and balanced perspectives on the issue.

 In continuation of the four annual workshops held in Washington D.C., Minneapolis, and Chicago, The Society for East Sea this year organizes an open forum in the American West, Los Angeles, 17 November 2017. UCLA Center for Korean Studies will co-host the meeting. Experts in the fields of geographical names, history, political geography, education and civil society will participate as speakers and discussants. This workshop is sponsored by the Korea Foundation. Any American citizens, teachers, students, administrators, journalists, as well as Korean-Americans, are welcomed. The meeting language will be English.

CO-HOSTS The Society for East Sea; UCLA Center for Korean Studies
SPONSORS Korea Foundation; UCLA East Asian Library

For more information, please see the attached document below.



Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, East Asian Library, The Society for East Sea

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