Thursday, October 20, 2011

East Asian Colloquium

PRESENTER: Retired General Jong-sung Yoon (Visiting Scholar, East Asian Languages and Cultures, IU Bloomington)
TOPIC: The Truth of Cheonan Ship’s Incident off the Korean Peninsula and Tasks to Overcome
DATE: Friday, October, 28, 2011
TIME: 12:00-1:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Ballantine 004

(Light refreshments will be served. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.)

This talk focuses on the investigation of the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, off the Korean peninsula on March 26, 2010. A South Korean-led official investigation carried out by a team of international experts presented a summary of its investigation on May 20, 2010, concluding that the warship had been sunk by a North Korean submarine torpedo.  General Yoon will address the causes of the Cheonan incident in addition to the situation in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia region and the challenges to overcome. He will answer the questions “How was the investigation accomplished?” and “What were the processes for identifying the cause of the incident?” by showing an 8-minute video to explain the process involved in investigating the sinking. General Yoon will demonstrate how the South-North Korean military reacted to the incident and suggest how South-North Korea can overcome the severe difficulties related to the sinking by utilizing using leadership qualities such as vision, value and strategy.
Jongsung Yoon, a visiting scholar at Indiana University, is a retired general from the Korean Army, in which he served for 34 years. He was in charge of the scientific investigation team from the civilian-military joint investigation group of the Cheonan incident. His interests include the unification of the Korean peninsula and challenges associated with the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
Persons with disabilities interested in attending our events who may require assistance, please contact us in advance at (812) 855-3765.

East Asian Studies Center
Indiana University
1021 East Third Street
Memorial Hall West 207
Bloomington, IN  47405
Phone:  (812) 855-3765
Fax:  (812) 855-7762

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