U.S. POLICY TOWARD THE KOREAN PENINSULA UNIFICATION:
A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
Mr. Michael ChungUSAWC Class of 2009
Dept of Army Civilian
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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