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Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors Panel Discussion (June 21, 2018)

PCI's Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors participated in Panel Discussion at the recent Peace Corps Korea Reunion in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Four panelists, featuring past and current Youth Ambassadors, talked about how the program experience and their role as Youth Ambassadors have influenced their lives, studies and career interests - and opportunities they now have to pay it forward.

Panelists include:Tracy Luong(2005-2006; Group Leader: 2016)
Kevin Tang(2010-2011)
Katie Xing(2014-2015)
Litzy Santoyo(2017-2018)

2017-2018 Project Bridge Graduation (June 2, 2018)

Project Bridge culminated in a ten-day study tour of Korea, where Youth Ambassadors explored Korea’s cultural, political and economic centers, accompanied by four group leaders and three program coordinators. The purpose of the study tour was to enable students to see Korea and meet Koreans in their own societal context. The tour enhanced intercultural objectives of the program as a whole. Furthermore, by bringing two groups of participants from disparate areas of the U.S. together during the tour, Project Bridge extended the exploration of the meaning of diversity—both within America and with a nation different from their own.

Upon returning from the study tour, each student wrote final program reflection, evaluating on their own team-building efforts in the past seven months and their personal growth as an intercultural leader. On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Los Angeles based Youth Ambassadors shared and presented their experiences and expert topics in front of families, friends and PCI board members.

The presentation topics included: Social Classes in Pre Modern Korea; Music and Dance; Religions; Gender Roles in Korean Society; Korean War & the DMZ; Government and Politics; Economic Development; and Education in Korea.

2017-2018 Los Angeles Youth Ambassadors

Adrianna RodasKimi Vo
Gabrielino High SchoolGabrielino High School
Andrea GonzalezLitzy Santoyo
Lynwood High SchoolLynwood High School
Cora WuMeo Andrei Cantiller
La Cañada High SchoolAmbassador Global Leadership HS
Isabella LauThomas Chung
Gabrielino High SchoolGabrielino High School

2018 PCI Annual Award Dinner (February 22, 2018)

The 2018 PCI Annual Award Dinner took place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel Beverly Hills, CA. With more than 200 friends, supporters and members of PCI, PCI honored both former Ambassador at Large, Dr. Robert L. Gallucci and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) represented by its President, Dr. Richard N. Haass. The event commenced with PCI Chairman Emeritus Ambassador Donald P. Gregg's welcoming remarks where he promised to continue to help PCI achieve its goals of building bridges of understanding between the people living on the vast Pacific Rim. Dr. Haass, who is in his fifteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent, independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations, accepted the Institutional Building Bridges award on behalf of CFR. The title of his address was, "North Korea: Difficult Choices for All Concerned". PCI honored Dr. Gallucci with the Individual Building Bridges award for his efforts and exemplifying PCI's vision of building bridges of understanding. His address entitled, "The North Korea Situation: From Chronic to Acute" was well received by the attendees.

For more info, please contact Angie Pak at pci@pacificcenturyinst.org.
PCI in the Media

PCI Board Members, Founders and Fellows often contribute to the media. Below are recent written contributions of some of our partners. The opinions expressed are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Pacific Century Institute.

  "What the Brett Kavanaugh controversy can teach China about feminism and social change" by Tom Plate
  "Kim Jong-Un has a dream. The U.S. should help him realize it" by John Delury
  "With China and the US invested in a divided Korean peninsula, South Korean president Moon Jae-in is on his own as peacemaker" by Tom Plate
  "the Start of Peace and Prosperity on the Korean Peninsula" by Seok-hyun Hong
  "Inside the Dispute Derailing Nuclear Talks With North Korea" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "Criticism of China by Malaysia's Mahathir resonates around East Asia, and with Beijing" by Tom Plate
  "Seoul Deploys Secret Weapon to Sell North Korea Engagement" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "The West is getting China wrong" by William Overholt
  "In the US-China trade war, where is the bilateral humanity and the listening ear?" by Tom Plate
  "North Korea: Liaison Offices - The First Time" by Lynn Turk
  "Will President Trump's "Deal" diplomacy produce a "new history"?" by Fumio Matsuo
  "Former US Chief spook does U-turn on denuclearization" by NorthEast Asia article featuring Dr. Gregory Treverton's conversation with Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "The danger of speed: why China and the US must learn to watch first, then respond" by Tom Plate
  "Door opens for North Korea's Kim" by Charles E. Morrison
  "There Were No Losers at the Singapore Summit-What Critics of the U.S. - North Korean Meeting Get Wrong" by Chung-in Moon
  "Why so much Western disdain for the Trump-Kim summit's successes in Singapore?" by Tom Plate
  Chung-in Moon's interview with Amanpour CNN
  "The U.S. cannot pull this off alone" by Chung-in Moon
  Tom Plate's interview with Singapore Prime Minister Lee
  "How Singapore's 'smart power' can inspire China-US relations in the run-up to the Trump-Kim summit" by Tom Plate
  "Hope for peace on the Peninsula is not in vain" by William Overholt
  "In the end, peace in Korea will rest on Koreans themselves - not the US or China" by Tom Plate
  "Former South Korea special envoy: Why I'm hopeful about North Korea" by Seok-hyun Hong
  "Playing with fire: why are Donald Trump and Xi Jinping whipping up nationalist fervour?" by Tom Plate
  "Why North Korea will give up its nukes" by Spencer Kim
  "Panmunjom Spring" by John Delury
  "A real path to peace on the Korean Peninsula" by Chung-in Moon
  CNN Amanpour interview with Chung-in Moon
  "Why China should care about its image in the West" by Tom Plate
  "It's a long way from trade tariffs to war, but China and the US must act as grown-ups to steer relations" by Tom Plate
  "Trump and Kim Jong Un should form an alliance" by Seok-hyun Hong
  "North Korea has US hawks and doves all aflutter" by Tom Plate
  "Xi Jingping as president beyond 2023 may be good for China" by Tom Plate
  "Why the Catholic Church is right to pursue a deal on bishops with communist China" by Tom Plate
  NBC Sunday Today with Willie Geist featuring former Congressman Pete McCloskey
  "Peaceful Pyeongchang Olympics can lead to lasting peace" by Chung-in Moon
  Amanpour on PBS featuring Professor Chung-in Moon
  "North Korea - US fear risks squandering the chance for peace" by John Delury
  "As America heads back to a future of small-minded thinking, can China seize the chance to lead?" by Tom Plate
  "Getting to know the real Xi Jinping could mean preventing a conflict" by Tom Plate
  "Trump's mind and reality show within: why China should worry" by Tom Plate
  "Xi Jinping is not making history - history is making him" by Tom Plate
  "Don't jump if the wall is too high" by Spencer Kim
  "If American and Chinese youth believe in closer Sino-US ties under Trump, it's time the experts did as well" by Tom Plate
  "Trump's new North Korea strategy might actually work" by Seok-hyun Hong
  "Can China's ideology tsar, Wang Huning, be the steading hand in Sino-Us relations?" by Tom Plate
  "The North Korean Threat: War, Deterrence and Diplomacy" by Robert L. Gallucci
  "North Korean nuclear challenge and the Moon government strategy" by Chung-In Moon
  "With cowboy Trump leading trigger-happy America, should the world worry?" by Tom Plate
  "What do North Korea and an octopus have in common? More than you think" by Tom Plate
  "Is US military ready in Asia?" by Tom Plate
  "A US Navy caught is no joke, and no reason for China cheer" by Tom Plate
  "Danger of reckless threats" by James T. Laney
  "The North Korea Standoff: Have We Been Here Before?" by James A. Thomson
  "From ex-US marine" by Pete McCloskey
  "No one, whether in the US or North Korea, has the moral right to drive the world to nuclear war" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "A crusading US media in the age of Trump is a recipe for disaster." by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Time for talks with North Korea" Chairman Don Gregg's interview with the TIME.com
  "How India border stand-off gives China a chance to burnish its global image" by Prof. Jerome Cohen
  "Good planning, good luck and good trip" by Spencer Kim
  "China and the US are destined for war, if literary alarmists have their way" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Breaking the frame" by Spencer Kim
  "Lee Kuan Yew's squabbling children are tarnishing his legacy." by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Beijing should give Hong Kong some space if it wants to boost China's global credibility" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Change: a fast, disorienting opportunity" by Spencer Kim
  "Donald Trump's moves on North Korea and China defy convention, but who says they can’t be right?" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Why Donald Trump's escapes to Mar-a-Lago are good for America and the rest of the world" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Arguments for war" by Prof. Chung-in Moon
  "If Today’s Geopolitical Trends Continue, This Is What Our Future Could Look Like" by Dr. Greg Treverton
  "The Great Betrayal" by Dr. Bill Overholt
  "Why the US needs China to succeed, and vice versa" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "How the Xi-Trump summit can rebuild Sino-US trust and bring stability to the Korean peninsula" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Learning when to say yes and no" by Prof. Chung-in Moon
  "Think again, China" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "US-China collaboration on N. Korea" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "Judicial Supremacy" by Pete McCloskey
  "A true security president" by Prof. Moon Chung-in
  "Global economy looks to Asia for growth-inducing microeconomic reform" by Mari Pangestu
  "RCEP is more than TPP-lite" by Mari Pangestu
  "Why China should reach out to the US to counter Kim Jong-un" by Prof. Tom Plate
  "With hawkish Navarro as US trade tsar" by Professor Tom Plate
  "Duterte, democracy, and defense" by Dr. Bill Overholt
  Professor Chung-in Moon’s interview with NTI on NK nuke
  "Trump comes up short - for better and for worse" by Professor Tom Plate
  "Thaad's balance sheet" by Professor Chung-in Moon
  "A proactive plan for the North" by Spencer Kim
  "China should beware the trap set by 'dumb Trump'" by Professor Tom Plate
  "Advice to Pyongyang" by Prof. Chung-in Moon
  "China Can Lead in 2017" by Professor Tom Plate
  "Underwater drone spat shows why China-US relations are tense –and can only get worse under Trump" by Professor Tom Plate
  "One phone call won’t change US policy on Taiwan – or relations with China" by Professor Tom Plate
  "We stick labels on China" by Professor Tom Plate
  "The coin has two sides" by Spencer Kim
  "Duterte's 'pivot' to China" by Professor Tom Plate
  "Gunboat Diplomacy" by Professor Tom Plate
  "End the Tug of War" by Yu-Jie Chen and NYU Professor, Jerome A. Cohen
  "'No First Use' and the Peninsula" by Professor Chung-In Moon
  "Why ‘macho'Putin has the lead over Xi when it comes to American minds" by Tom Plate
  "Diplomacy never too late to curb NK nuke" by Chung-in Moon and Stephan Haggard
  "The Singapore political system may prove a difficult model for China, whatever the West thinks" by Tom Plate
  "Time may be right for a Northeast Asia nuclear-weapon-free zone" by Prof. Chung-in Moon
  "Blame it all on China – US and Britain playing a dangerous game with turn to scapegoating" by Tom Plate
  "China against the world: A tale of pride and prejudice" by Tom Plate
  "Our dangerously defensive leader" by Chung-in Moon
  "Basis for a breakthrough in Pyongyang statement?" by Chung-in Moon
  "Like it or not, UNCLOS arbitration is legally binding for China" by Jerry Cohen
  "Why marxism is getting a second look, however skeptically" by Tom Plate
  "Let's hope Hong Kong bookseller saga does not mean the end of 'one country, two systems'" by Tom Plate
  "Why the world needs boring but effective leaders like Hu Jintao, rather than trumpeting swans and political peacocks" by Tom Plate
  "Is there a way for Beijing to save face after the South China Sea arbitration ruling" by Jerome Cohen
  "Headlong into Iran" by Chung-In Moon
  A Japan-US reconciliation through "wreath-laying diplomacy" by Fumio Matsuo
  "Big Secret on Climate Deal" by Tom Plate
  "Dark Windshields" by Spencer H. Kim
  "The Republican Conventions of 1968 and 2016" by Pete McCloskey
  "Leadership in Asia: Personal Impressions" by Tom Plate
  "Can Korea Survive US-China Rivalry?" by William H. Overholt
  "Prepare a creative exit strategy" by Chung-in Moon
  "If it cares about its global standing, China should allay concerns about Hong Kong's missing booksellers" by Tom Plate
  "Malaysia and Mahathir" by Tom Plate
  "In the end, Pope Francic' 'kowtow diplomacy' towards China will show itself to be smart diplomacy" by Tom Plate
  "A Looming Crisis for China’s Legal System" by Jerome Cohen
  "Why the case of the Hong Kong booksellers is more of a worry than China" by Tom Plate
  "Why no one takes responsibility" by Chung-In Moon
  "Why Xi Jinping remains an international man of mystery to most in the US" by Tom Plate
  "China's courts continue to silence critics of party policies" by Jerome Cohen
  "North Korea still stable despite external vulnerabilities" by Chung-in Moon
  "Political leadership is not for parlour intellectuals" by Tom Plate
  "Benefits of Mount Kumgang tour" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "For good Sino-US relations, the Americans must learn to listen, while the Chinese must learn to talk" by Tom Plate
  "Price of Complacency" by Spencer Kim
  Representation at the PCI dinner - Sang-seok Lee
  Of Dinners and Deals - Tom Plate
  Opening Path to Unification - Chung-in Moon
  Why the Iran Deal Could Work for North Korea - Chung-in Moon
  No Magnanimity, No Unification - Spencer Kim
  China needs to deploy a more silken touch with its neighbours - Tom Plate
  The politics of China's anti-corruption campagin - William Overholt
  We should not incite continued criticism by China and South Korea - Fumio Matsuo
  Amid the economic and political storsm - Tom Plate
  Korea Delivers Culture Shock - Spencer Kim
  Three People Who Never Give Up - Tom Plate
  Big Ideas, Small Steps - Chung-in Moon
  Mr. Honda Goes to Washington - Spencer H. Kim
  Rep. Kim Sings Praises of Free Trade - Spencer H. Kim
  Dispelling Discord between Japan and the U.S. is an Urgent Task - Fumio Matsuo
  Demand Better of Power - Spencer H. Kim
  Dealing with Tragedy - Chairman Donald Gregg
  Lesson from George Washington - Spencer Kim
  Dialogue is only way to change North Korea - Chairman Donald Gregg Interview with YonHap
  Shocking, But Not a Game Changer: Unraveling Regime Dynamics in Post-Jang North Korea - Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Obama visit a double-edged sword - Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Is Kim Jon Un The Reformer, And The Executed Uncle Jang Seong-Taek The Reactionary? - Dr. Chung-in Moon
  The President Knows the Answer – Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Hard Work by Jerome A. Cohen and Margaret K. Lewis
  President Should Reach Out to Political Foes by Spencer H. Kim
  Interview on Chairman Donald Gregg
  The View from Beijing by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Criminal Justice in China by Dr. Jerome A. Cohen
  Loose Ends by Dr. Jerome A. Cohen
  The scoop on print media tragedies by Tom Plate
  Time for command transfer is now by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Headed toward a summit by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Keys to Successful Summit with Xi by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  President Obama's Edsel problem by Amb. Don Gregg
  United States not without blame by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Interview on Dr. Bill Overholt
  Park can better tackle NK issue by Amb. Don Gregg
  Sympathy for the devil – how best to deal with NK by Spencer H. Kim
  Understanding NK's motivations by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  A 'New Model' for engaging North Korea by Spencer Kim
  "The god that failed ― and then was gone" by Tom Plate
  "Incentives for North Korea's soft landing" by Chung-in Moon and John Delury
  "Will Kim's death aid US ties?" by Amb. Don Gregg
  "Our cash-strapped ally" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "The Limits of Certainty" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "Our Overly Patient Ally" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  "Can Korea 'hedge' between US and China?" - Dr. William Overholt's interview with The Korea Times
  "Don't overestimate China's rise" by Dr. Chung-in Moon
  Uproar over Secret Inter-Korean Meetings
  PCI board member Amb. Don Gregg's interview with the Hankyoreh Daily on Park Chung-hee's Legacy (English)
  PCI board member Amb. Don Gregg's interview with the Hankyoreh Daily on Park Chung-hee's Legacy (Korean)
  No Time for Nukes, By Dr. Chung-in Moon
  DPRK Economic Delegation Visit, March 19 – April 3, 2011
  U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Opens New Business Opportunities. By Spencer Kim
  PCI Board Members' interview with the Hankyoreh Daily on North Korea Policy
  PCI 이사, 한겨레 신문 한반도 정세 좌담회
  Good News and Bad News from the Korean Peninsula, By Donald Gregg
  U.S. Policy toward North Korea: The impact of united assumptions, By Frederick F.Carriere
  Japan Reacts to North Korea's Shelling of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, By Ko Shioya
  Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad
  Is the Korean Peninsula on the Brink of War? An Interview with Chung-in Moon
  2011, It is time for a 'Change in Thinking' in Our Rough-And-Ready China Policy, By Chung-in Moon
  2010, What to do about North Korea, By Donald P. Gregg
  2010, Is China' s Post-Crisis Growth Sustainable?, By William H. Overholt
  2010, Entrepreneurs, Jobs and Asia By Spencer H. Kim
  2010, Masters of Misunderstanding Masters of Mistiming, By Spencer H. Kim
  2010, Sympathy for the Devil, By Spencer H. Kim