[KS] korean studies at the university of california in jeopardy

Matthew Shapiro karimunjawa at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 24 16:05:17 EDT 2008

Dear all, 

I have little to say about the financial issues
discussed in the previous emails. I would like to
address some of the comments made by Rob Oppenheim,
who commented on Korean studies with a focus on
technology. Granted, funding for technology transfer
incubators, etc. is much different than standard
departmental funding in Korean studies, the need to
focus on Korea's technological advancements is
paramount. This is a not-so-new but relatively
understudied dimension to Korea's political economy.
Sharing Korea-related funding with business projects
may not be appropriate, but such projects themselves
represent Korea's current development trajectory and
must be studied carefully. (In the last 10-15 years,
Korea and Taiwan have replaced France and the UK as
the 4th and 5th most-patenting countries in the world,
based on USPTO patent grants. No other countries have
experienced such changes in this same period, and
there is no indication that it will change in the near

Best regards,

Matt Shapiro
USC now, Illinois Institute of Technology in the fall


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