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Sohn Hak-kyu

Former Governor of the Gyeonggi-do province in South Korea

Sohn Hak-kyu

Residency: Jan. 20–31, 2014

Public Talk: Jan. 22, 2014 on "Changing Dynamics in East Asia and Korean Politics

Residency Summary

During his residency, he gave a public talk titled “Changing Dynamics in East Asia and Korean Politics,” where he presented on South Korean domestic politics and the role that Korea plays in shaping the future of Northeast Asia. He guest lectured in a select class and met with students on multiple occasions, including a lunch talk on North Korean engagement policy and a networking event with Mannam, the Korea-focus student group. While on campus, he met with faculty members and leading members of the San Diego Korea-American community. He also held a discussion with Representative Ed Royce, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


Sohn Hak-kyu, former chairperson of the Democratic Party, was governor of the Gyeonggi-do province in South Korea from 2002 – 2006. He graduated from Seoul National University in 1973 with a degree in political science and in 1988 received his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University.

He was an activist in the democratic movement beginning as a student and as a university professor at Inha and Sogang universities. His political career started in 1993 when he joined the National Assembly where he was elected four times. In 1996 he became the youngest ever minister of public health and welfare under then-President Kim Young-sam and has ran twice for his party’s presidential nomination.


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