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2016, Vol.23, No.4

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    Change in American Policy toward Asia and China’s Reaction: Theoretical Discussions and Empirical Analyses

    Kim Seok Woo , Sukin Jang | 2016, 23(4) | pp.5~42 | number of Cited : 3
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    Conflict between the United States and China has rapidly increased. Both absolute and relative power difference between the two countries have been reduced. This international systemic change created new risks and insecurities. As the United States adopted the policy of ‘pivot to Asia’, China responded to this by strengthening relationship with Asian countries. It is not still clear whether relationship between the two countries will be more cooperative or more conflictual. So far, the United States and China disputed in some issues, while they cooperated each other in other issues. There are many existing IR theories which can be applied to analyses on the relationship between the two countries. Offensive realism, defensive realism, power transition theory, hegemonic competition theory, complex interdependence theory, and constructivism explain the bilateral relationship from different perspectives. Cooperation-conflict patterns between the two countries will depend on change in national power of the two countries, mutual cognition toward the other and environmental changes in the international system. This study establishes two hypotheses based upon these practical and theoretical analyses. The first one is that there have been big changes in American and Chinese foreign policies toward Asia after 2010-2011. The second one is that there have been cross-issue differences in American and Chinese foreign policies toward Asia. Even though we cannot make definitive conclusions, empirical data show that the United States have taken more aggressive security policy since 2010, while China have responded to American policies by strengthening non-security relationships with Asian countries. Nature of bilateral relationship between the United States and China will become clearer, as time passes by. We need to do closer and more precise analyses on bilateral relationship in the future. By doing more researches and monitoring bilateral relationship in the future, Korea must adopt and practice “good” foreign policies to maximize national interest in the middle of competition between the United States and China.
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    Socioeconomic Status and Poverty of Second Generation Korean Americans

    Hyun Song Lee | 2016, 23(4) | pp.43~73 | number of Cited : 2
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    This study surveys the socioeconomic status and poverty of second generation Korean Americans by using the American Community Survey 2010-14 dataset. The poverty rate is lower among 2nd generation Korean Americans than among Whites. In contrast to either Whites or 2nd generation Chinese Americans, more women and those of older than 55 are found poor among 2nd generation Koreans. The absolute majority of poor 2nd generation Koreans live as never married single. Poor 2nd generation Koreans are much highly educated than are poor Whites, not to mention poor 2nd generation Chinese. There are very few poor native Koreans of less than high school graduate, which is contrasted to the one forth of poor Whites being less than high school graduate. In contrast to Whites, much higher proportion of poor 2nd generation Koreans are ‘working poor.’ While income gap is quite large among 1st generation Koreans, the gap is much smaller among 2nd generation Koreans, which is even smaller compared to the income gap of either Whites or 2nd generation Chinese. A set of logit-regression analyses with chance of poverty as the dependent variable indicate that the odds of being poor is significantly larger among 2nd generation Koreans than among either Whites or 2nd generation Chinese. Particularly, the effect of education on lowering the risk of being poor is significantly smaller among 2nd generation Koreans than among Whites. It is not certain why American-born Koreans are more likely to be poor then are Whites with identical level of education, The authors suspect that the American society may not discriminate the highly educated 2nd generation Koreans, but that it does discriminate the 2nd generation Koreans when being lower in education compared to their co-ethnics. The America-born Koreans not commensurate to the image of “model minority” have to struggle under double disadvantages in the American society.
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    Emergence and Development of the Point System for Global Talents in Japan

    Choi Minkyung | 2016, 23(4) | pp.75~102 | number of Cited : 4
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    Faced with the problem of population decrease and economic downturn, Japan introduced a point system targeting global talents in 2012. The purpose of the point system is to attract more global talents and make them work and live longer in Japan. Global talents are awarded points according to the standards of education, income, and other criteria. And if the total exceeds a certain point, preferential immigration treatments are granted to them. The most important characteristic of this system is that it includes a variety of measures to promote permanent residence of global talents. And this characteristic is seemingly against the non-immigration state identity that has been kept strongly during the postwar times. However, it is important to note that the abandonment of non-immigrant state identity is ‘partial’ and ‘strategic’, only for global talents with relatively high socioeconomic status. And this aspect only reinforces another principle related to the acceptance of foreigners in postwar Japan, the exclusion of blue collar workers and the acceptance of professional workers. In other words, the point system has the feature that it keeps the big frame of the selective acceptance of ‘desirable’ foreigners by ‘exceptionally’ abandoning the non immigration state identity with the least social burden.
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    Narrative of Duplicity and History of Political Memory

    yi Zheng , JunSungKon | 2016, 23(4) | pp.103~130 | number of Cited : 1
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    In the Japanese earthquake this argument through narrative analysis of the Parties to the disaster experience. And then how to presents what is associated with pre-disaster recovery development of the dictionary. To this end, the first chapter in history and reviewed the relevance of the narrative. Especially individuals who can not fall of experience in the flow of history and review historical revisionism methodology that mean to the excitement about memory. It was a memory for ham to the ‘process’ of representation Post-narrative voice’ the history of the problem. Indicate this is conscious of hot new and memories of past experiences in the narrative in chapter 4 cover ‘substance’ offered logic that must free ourselves from memory. It was a national standpoint, and institutional sharing of historical ‘awareness of transplant’ that is not taken into consideration in order to deploying. Is a disaster memory of awareness by ‘human tolerance’ that was made by narrative.
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    The Idea of Loyalty to the King and Political Mentality of Donglin(東林) Faction Leaders in Ming(明) Era: Forced Obedience or Spontaneous Will?

    Hyunguen Chang | 2016, 23(4) | pp.131~154 | number of Cited : 1
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    In ancient Chinese political thought, the idea of loyalty to the King had been changed from forced obedience to voluntary will. Historical intelligentsia consider serving the King based on moral principles to be the great loyalty(大忠). Integration of loyalty and filial duty(孝), and the logic of giving priority to public matter over private matter(先公後私) reinforced spontaneous loyalty to the King, Donglin(東林) faction leaders of Ming dynasty possess mentality of spontaneous loyalty of exhausting oneself(盡己). Their behaviors and thoughts were consistent in the logic of veneration of the King’s power(尊君論), in that at first, they retained social responsibility and were armed with mentality of worrying about the polity and the people(憂國憂民); secondly, the idea of the sole Dao(殉道) which is giving their lives for Dao(道), and the mentality of loyalty to the King(忠君) which is remaining faithful to the King were applied simultaneously; thirdly, the mentality of vigilance and fear(戒懼) that being vigilant and afraid of crisis was expressed. The Donglin(東林) faction leaders were tried to acknowledge the supremacy of sovereign rights and circumscribe it at the same time, but they were completely defeated by cruel power in reality. Albeit they held the confucian ideal of realization of moral society, the logic of limitation of the King’s power(限君) was collapsed by the logic of veneration of the King’s power(尊君) and the spontaneous obedience to the King revealed its limit.
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    China’s Social Organization Policy: Focusing on ‘United Front’ Strategy

    KIM SUNG MIN | 2016, 23(4) | pp.155~186 | number of Cited : 1
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    The United Front Strategy is the basic organizational/behavior tactic in Marxist-Leninist tradition. From the foundation of CCP to establishment of China, and in the process of socialist-construction since establishment of China, the United Front Strategy has been utilized in national policy by CCP. Social Organization Policy is no exception. China’s social organization is basically based on ‘United Front Strategy, and the United Front Strategy is basically based on the Mao’s On Contradiction. The key principles of On Contradiction and United Front Strategy are 1) the principle of the main contradiction and the secondary contradiction, 2) the principle of the hostile contradiction and the non-hostile contradiction, 3) the principle of contradiction and unification. These three key principles are reflected in social organization policy. United Front Strategy is results in the combination between contradiction and unification, therefore social organization policy implies a duplicity. CCP/Chinese government attempts inclusion and engagement to social organization on the one hand, attempts struggle and control on the other hand. Finally, if prescribing the nature of the Chinese government’s social organization policy in a word, it could be expressed in ‘duplicity/double-sidedness of engagement and control.’