The aim for a better Korea

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The aim for a better Korea

In its Korea Appeal Report, the JoongAng Ilbo described the objectives for which Korea should aim if it wishes to attain future prosperity. We suggested that our society become more open, tolerant and diverse to make it more appealing to attract talent and investment from abroad.

In collaboration with Kyung Hee University, The the JoongAng Ilbo used big data from a survey polling more than 4,500 citizens, experts, students, foreign envoys and scholars to learn how society should change. Most cited the need for increased engagement and multicultural sensitivity. To upgrade society, we need to accept and respect others’ differences to draw in a range of quality foreign workers and capital. The government must come up with more aggressive business and immigration policies to make Korea society more appealing and intriguing for overseas companies.

We must overcome our prejudices against other Asians. In the ancient Goryeo Dynasty, Arabian merchants were free to trade on this land. The people of Goryeo were able to build upon their artisanship and craftsmanship thanks to the inflow of foreign supplies and culture. Our cultural authenticity has already been recognized by the world, but we must revive our traditional talent to make the Korean brand more universally popular.

A survey with 3,068 citizens showed that Koreans must cultivate a respect for law and order (25.6 percent) and be more tolerant toward others (14.4 percent). The survey showed that society is unanimous about the fact that citizenship and tolerance must be encouraged elevated. The government must also reflect this need in the national agenda and within its policies. Furthermore, respect for cultural diversity must be taught in the classroom.

The Netherlands in the 16th to 17th centuries, for example, was a small country, but society was religiously and culturally tolerant, while other areas in Europe were divided by religious rifts. By drawing merchants and academics from around Europe who were fleeing religious suppression, the Dutch soon turned into a maritime trading power. Korea could also become an attractive international hub if it would only engage more with others.

JoongAng Ilbo, Sept. 24, Page 30

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