A Look at Talent Exchange During the 4th Year of KORUS FTA Implementation


Korea and the United States recently celebrated the third anniversary of the implementation of the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), which eliminated many trade barriers. Tariffs have been lowered or phased out completely, protections for intellectual properties have been strengthened and U.S. services industries, like the legal field, have gained important access to customers in Asia’s fourth largest economy. Yet one area that remains full of untapped potential in the Korea-U.S. strategic alliance is talent exchange.

Thousands of Korean students come to the United States annually to earn an education at the world’s most advanced learning institutions. The economic value of international students (those who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States) is huge.… Read More

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Glow Recipe: Korean Beauty Products Curated with Love


The first word my Glow Recipe co-founder Sarah and I ever spoke to one another was “gunbae (cheers)!” during an office dinner in Seoul, Korea. The year was 2005, and I had just started my career at L’Oreal Korea, where Sarah had been working for the past year. Fast forward to the present, and we have a combined 20 years of beauty experience under our belt in product development, multi-channel marketing (including digital), and sales across eight brands and two countries.

While we both enjoyed successful careers at one of the biggest beauty companies in the world, we noticed not only as Korean industry insiders, but also as consumers, that Korean beauty products were shifting into focus on the global stage.… Read More

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Korea and The Hill

Earlier this year, The Korea Society invited Michael Schiffer, Senior Advisor of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to share his outlook on the future of U.S.-Korea relations and discuss the new 114th Congress and the U.S. foreign policy on Korea. As former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, Schiffer shared his views on the impact of the new Republican majority, the final two years of President Obama in the White House, and prospects for Asia policy-making. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President at the Korea Society.

Schiffer shared important insights on the dynamic relationship between Korea and the United States and how Congress plays an integral role in diplomatic relations.… Read More

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Celebrating Three Years of Trade Under the KORUS FTA

Picture1Greetings to friends and colleagues!

Today marks three years since the implementation of what may be the most important agreement between Korea and the United States since our Alliance began more than 60 years ago: the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).

As the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the United States, I have had the pleasure of watching this historic agreement strengthen the bonds of friendship between our countries. Any time I travel across the United States, I meet with business leaders who are benefiting from the KORUS FTA. And I am proud to say that they all tell me the same thing: after three years, the KORUS FTA has proved to be a good deal.… Read More

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From Sink to Sink: A Clean Business Model


The inspiration for RAD Soap came from my search for a natural remedy to help alleviate the symptoms of my son’s eczema. Following months of exhaustive and unsuccessful searches at local stores for a natural soap for my family, I took matters into my own hands and began making my own all-natural soaps. It wasn’t long after using the handmade soaps created in my kitchen sink that my son’s eczema cleared up and my friends and family began encouraging me to sell the soaps to the public.

I set up shop at the local farmers market in Nyack, New York and my first customer bought a bar of soap.… Read More

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