Highlights

1950’s

Dr. Paik Nak-joon, Minister of Education, poses with the newsprint supply to print textbooks, 1951, port of Pusan

Dr. Paik Nak-joon, Minister of Education, poses with the newsprint supply to print textbooks, 1951, port of Pusan

1951 First Foundation program in Korea: Grant of newsprint to publish badly needed school textbooks for Korean children during the Korean war
1954 The Asia Foundation Opens Seoul Office
1955 Donated musical instruments and hosted a concert by the College of Music, Seoul National
University
1956 Assisted in the founding of the Korean Social Research Center
1958 Supported Korea’s film industry including the film “Wedding Day”

1960’s

1962 Produced a master plan that served as a basis for the nation’s Five-Year Economic Development Plan in collaboration with Supreme Council for National Reconstruction, and the Books for Asia program was launched
1963 Supported the establishment of the Korean Foreign Service Training Institute upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ request to support Korea’s expanding diplomatic relations
1964 Organized a study tour to the United States for observing and collecting information on national and local elections
1965 Hosted “International Conference on the Problems of Modernization in Asia” in Seoul
1967 Supported the development of the National Museum of Korea
1968 Assisted development of the law library for Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University, and the Supreme Court Library for the purchase of foreign law reference materials. TAF Korea receives an Order of Civil Merit, Dongbaeg Medal, for outstanding contribution to the educational and cultural development of Korea
Briefing on the Seoul National University Kwanaksan campus master plan, 1971

Briefing on the Seoul National University Kwanaksan campus master plan, 1971

1970’s

Briefing on the Seoul National University Kwanaksan campus master plan, 1971

Briefing on the Seoul National University Kwanaksan campus master plan, 1971

1971 Supported design of Seoul National University’s ten-year development plan
1974 Supported Yesan Agricultural Junior College’s Farmer Education Project and supported students from Chongju Teacher’s College and villagers to participate in a rural community development project
1975 Held Korea Food Conference at Chonnam National University
1979 Hosted a conference on “Press and the Law” with the participation of Korean Nieman fellows Kwon O-kie and Nam Jae-hee

1980’s

1982 Supported the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations through various programs (1973-88), including the facilitation of mobile counseling programs
1984 Supported the opening of a branch office of the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations
1987 Hosted “The Second U.S.-Korea Bilateral Forum”
1988 Hosted a seminar on “The Role of Reporting on Labor in an Industrial Society”
Mobile legal aid counseling services conducted by the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, 1982

Mobile legal aid counseling services conducted by the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, 1982

1990’s

Soviet Prosecutor General Alexander Sukharev and Korean Attorney General Kim Ki-choon at the Second Conference of Attorneys General of Asia and the Pacific in Seoul, 1990

Soviet Prosecutor General Alexander Sukharev and Korean Attorney General Kim Ki-choon at the Second Conference of Attorneys General of Asia and the Pacific in Seoul, 1990

1993 Hosted a program to encourage women’s political participation attended by the former U.S. Congresswoman Claudine Schneider
1996 Made the first donation of books and journals to North Korea
1997 Sponsored a program on “Monitoring Government’s Policy on Women” hosted by Korea Women’s Hotline and supported a seminar examining reform of Korea’s financial sector

2000’s

2000 Hosted a Korea-U.S. conference on “Practical Steps from War to Peace on the Korean Peninsula” attended by the former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry
2001 Hosted a conference on “America’s Role in Asia” in Seoul
2005 Douglas Bereuter, President of the Asia Foundation, met President Roh Moo-hyun at the Blue House
2005 Hosted an international conference on “International Immigration Issues in Korea and Northeast Asia: A Human Security Perspective”
2007 Organized a seminar on “Northeast Asia and the Six-party Process” attended by James A. Kelly, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
2008 Inaugurated the Asia Development Partnership Program in cooperation with KDI School to support Korea’s efforts to assist developing countries in Asia
2009 Hosted a joint workshop and seminar on “Best Practices in Country Assistance Strategies” with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA); organized an international conference on “Development Challenges and International Cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan”
The Asia Foundation staff visit the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang to view the donated English books, 2000

The Asia Foundation staff visit the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang to view the donated English books, 2000

2010’s

Michael H. Armacost, Chairman Emeritus of The Asia Foundation Board; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the Philippines; Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, speaks at the celebration dinner

Michael H. Armacost, Chairman Emeritus of The Asia Foundation Board; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the Philippines; Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, speaks at the celebration dinner.

2010 Hosted the “Influence of Media on U.S. Korean Relations and Future of the Korean Peninsula” Forum
2011 Participated in the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Pusan
Organized the 2011 Seoul Civil Society Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness with Korea Civil Society Forum on International Development Cooperation
2012 Hosted conference on Pro-Poor with Korea Development Institute
2014 The Asia Foundation Korea Office 60th Anniversary Hwangap Dinner
2015 Northeast Asia Mayors’ Forum in Ulaanbaatar