Hallyu: Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism 2016

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Contact: hallyu@ucbmun.org



Hallyu is the name given to the phenomenon of Korean entertainment's explosion in popularity over the span of the last two decades. This committee starts in 2016, an era where k-pop is yet to break into the mainstream of the west, and has limited success in Japan and China. Heads of South Korea's major entertainment companies and governmental officials from the ministry of sports, culture, and tourism seek to work together to push Hallyu into the mainstream in large markets such as China and the USA. This committee's goal is to utilize hallyu as both a form of soft power and a financial vessel, increasing South Korea's position on the world stage. Each delegate will have to find the fine balance between the motives of their company or office and the benefit of the nation. It is up to you all to decide the shape Hallyu takes as its popularity surges outside Korea.


Gamin Kim

Chair

Hello Delegates,

My name is Gamin Kim and I am honored to be your Chair for Hallyu: Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at UCBMUN XXVI. I am a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science and minoring in Data Science and Public Policy. This is my fourth year on the circuit, and I have previously served as the Chair for The First King: Kamehameha's Council of Chiefs for UCBMUN XXV and the Chief of Staff Internal for UCBMUN XXIV. Other than UCBMUN, I am also involved in research on campus and Delta Phi Epsilon, the foreign – service professional fraternity. I love cooking, hiking, and listening to podcasts when I'm not busy with coursework. Kai and I cannot wait to see what will happen in committee and are looking forward to witnessing the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's plans for the future of Korean entertainment by working in conjunction with some of the most prominent K-pop companies. 2016 was a pivotal year for South Korea's entertainment industry as it was intertwined with East Asian regional politics, and I hope you will learn more about its expansion into the international stage with me before coming to UCBMUN XXVI.

Warmly,
Gamin Kim
Chair, Hallyu: Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism 2016

Kai Smith

Crisis Director

Hello Delegates,

My name is Kai Smith and I am excited to be your Crisis Director for Hallyu: Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism 2016 at UCBMUN XXVI. This committee combines government motives, entertainment companies, and korean culture. I'm interested to see how you all balance profit and soft power, helping to push the hallyu wave forward. A bit about me, I am a senior studying Chemistry and minoring in Bioengineering. Outside of MUN, I'm heavily involved in Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy novels, playing animal crossing, and metalsmithing. I am looking forward to a fast paced committee that combines dynamic entertainment with ingenuity and purpose.

Best,
Kai Smith
Crisis Director, Hallyu: Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism 2016