CICI and Korea’s National Brand

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As Korea continues to change and grow, its global brand becomes increasingly more prominent.  That is where the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI) comes in.  CICI was founded in 2003 to study and promote Korea’s national brand and image.  Registered under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is a non-profit organization that works to enhance South Korea’s international profile through a diverse range of activities and research.

Korea CQ alumni at Habib House

I recently invited Korea CQ alumni and graduates to Habib House and hosted their Korea CQ Summer Alumni event, which included dinner and an award ceremony.  CQ stands for Culture Quotient, Communication Quotient, Cooperation Quotient, Concentration Quotient, and Creativity Quotient.  The Korea CQ program, held twice a year, is a forum for cultural exchange, dialogue, and networking between executives, scholars, and government officials from both Korea and abroad.  As this event demonstrated, CICI truly does bring together people from all walks of life to share their cultural experiences.  In attendance were leaders and experts (both domestic and from abroad) in the fields of politics, business, culture, science, and more.

Around the globe, more people are discovering Korean culture every day.  Even now, there are hundreds of fan clubs in the U.S. filled with people who love Korean music and television dramas, and thousands of Americans are studying Korean language at schools and universities.  CICI and events like these seek to satisfy this growing interest in Korean culture.

Giving remarks at the Korea CQ alumni event

With CICI President Professor Choi Jung-hwa

Everyone had a fantastic time at the event.  CICI also recognized some special guests in attendance, presenting Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Bertagnoli with a Cooperation Award and Merck Korea President Patricia Münster and Merck Korea Vice President Uloff Münster with the Grand Award.

Congratulations to the awardees!

CICI holds multiple cultural events throughout the year, including CICI Korea, Korea CQ, and the Culture Communications Forum (CCF).  CCF is one of their big annual events and will be happening again this fall.  It brings 14-18 leading cultural figures from 13 different countries together with delegates experienced in Korean culture to share their knowledge and ideas.

I would like to once again thank Professor Choi Jung-hwa and CICI for doing important work in building bridges between cultures and ensuring that Korea’s image abroad is one that continues to grow and develop alongside the country itself.

Great turnout! Thank you all for coming.


7 comments:

  1. Dear Ambassador Mark Lippert: Urge the South Korean Government to end the brutal dog meat trade.
    https://www.change.org/p/ambassador-mark-lippert-urge-the-u-s-government-to-end-the-torture-and-consumption-of-dogs-and-cats-in-s-korea

    Please watch video from South Korea's dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q
    The British Embassy in Seoul has raised the issue of cruelty towards animals on numerous occasions with the South Korean authorities and explained that the UK public and parliamentarians would like to see Korean regulation that would bring the practice to an end. The British Embassy also noted that they will continue to seek further opportunities to raise the issue, in particular as we approach the Winter Olympics in 2018 in PyeongChang, and will monitor developments in the practice in the Republic of Korea. They also believe it necessary to work with governments around the world to build an agreement on animal welfare standards and to phase out cruel and inhumane farming and trapping practices. Please watch the debate here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/backbench-business-committee/news-parliament-2015/mps-debate-the-dog-meat-trade/
    The unregulated profit driven dog and cat meat trade promotes violence and desensitization in children as they often blowtorch and beat live and conscious dogs in broad daylight in busy markets. Dog and cat meat farms pose great health risks to humans, many do not have waste disposal or sewage treatment facilities allowing sewage to flow into rivers. Consumption of dog and cat meat spreads disease and illness such as rabies and cholera. Although S. Korea has an animal protection act, police and public officials do not enforce the law. Please read the animal protection act here: http://koreandogs.org/info/korean-animal-rights-law/
    We urge the U.S. Embassy in Seoul to work collaboratively with the South Korean Government, the British Embassy in Seoul, and other government Ambassadors to end the dog and cat meat trade. Korea is a modern civilized society and should be held accountable for condoning such barbaric uncivilized practices and blatant illegalities. We urge you to take immediate action to stop the unimaginable suffering inflicted on the dogs and cats of Korea.

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  2. Dear Ambassador Lippert,

    Please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

    Please take immediate action and help us bring attention to the horrendous torture and slaughter of dogs and cats in S. Korea and urge their government to end this brutal trade once and for all.

    An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/ambassador-mark-lippert-urge-the-s-korean-government-to-end-the-torture-and-consumption-of-dogs-and-cats

    Thank you.

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  3. Dear Ambassador Lippert,

    Please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

    Please take immediate action and help us bring attention to the horrendous torture and slaughter of dogs and cats in S. Korea and urge their government to end this brutal trade once and for all.

    An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/ambassador-mark-lippert-urge-the-s-korean-government-to-end-the-torture-and-consumption-of-dogs-and-cats

    Thank you.

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  4. Dear Ambassador Lippert,

    Please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

    We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them – they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions, such as Grigsby. Please take immediate action and help us bring attention to the horrendous torture and slaughter of dogs and cats in S. Korea and urge their government to end this brutal trade once and for all.

    An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://goo.gl/EmtYPx
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

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  5. Until I see the end of the horrific suffering of dogs and cats in South Korea, I and my family, will boycott any product made in South Korea. I am sickened by the pain and suffering of these wonderful animals. I need new kitchen appliances but I will do much research to make sure NO Korean will benefit from my dollars as long as these horrors continue. Please do all you can to encourage an evolution of the Korean people. We need the suffering to END.

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  6. Dear Mark Lippert,
    I ask that you stay true to yourself and Americans and request the South Korean government to enforce its laws which outlaw dog and cat meat. This country which wants to be viewed on the world platform as modern and progressive cannot continue to let the brutal abuse and cruelty to animals which millions around the world have witnessed.
    Thank You

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  7. The world community is deeply concerned about the levels of cruelty of South Korea with the illegal trade in dogs and cats meat.

    Please talk to Korean authorities to end this macabre practice... We must put pressure across South Korea!

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