U.S. Policy toward Korean Re-unification: Cross-Cultural Perspective
Lieutenant General Seong-Kyoo Park, commander ROKA TRADOC and Brigadier General Robert Dyess, director, Requirements Integration Directorate, U.S. Army TRADOC meet for private talks during the sixth Bilateral Forum in Daejeon, ROK (Photo: ROK Army)  



Mr. Michael Chung
Dept of Army Civilian

USAWC Class of 2009

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



Cross-cultural awareness is especially important in a complex, globalized environment. Because each culture has different priorities in its basic values and beliefs, collisions can occur.

This AY-09 USAWC Resident Student author identifies the cross-cultural awareness gaps between South Korea and the United States. Two feasible Korean unification policy options -'status quo' and 'collapse to be absorbed' - are used as a case study in U.S.-Korean cross-cultural awareness. The author then analyzes the perception of the Korean people of these two policies in order to minimize the cultural misperceptions between the United States and South Korea. The paper concludes with strategic recommendations for supporting Korean reunification.

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