University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Track 1 – 1:45 PM, Saturday, May 25

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


David Kang New

David C. Kang is a professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations (in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts  and Sciences) and the USC Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia University Press, 2010). He is also author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003).

Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, and his co-authored article “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” was awarded “Best article, 2007-2009,” by the European Journal of International Relations. Kang has also written opinion pieces in The New York TimesThe Financial TimesThe Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley.


Bernie ChoBernie Cho is the president of DFSB Kollective, a Seoul-based creative agency that specializes in providing digital media, marketing, and distribution solutions to 350+ Korean Pop music artists. As more K-Pop acts aspire to go independent and international, DFSB collaborates with artists and their management to devise customized strategies that directly connect them to their local and global fans.

Since 2009, the agency has successfully produced numerous K-Pop concerts in North America and Asia as well as secured #1 iTunes chart debuts for various K-Pop albums in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia. In addition to actively promoting Korean music worldwide, DFSB also aggressively protects Korean music worldwide. Since 2010, their ‘Operation Top 40’ campaign successfully shut down over 40 of the biggest K-Pop piracy sites in the world and resulted in over US $1 million in judgments and settlements.

Prior to founding DFSB Kollective, Cho served as head of MTV Korea’s digital media production and worked for over a decade in the Korean music TV industry as a creative planner, program producer, and video jockey. He has earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Government and Asian Studies, and graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management (Executive Entertainment & Media Program), and the Vancouver Film School (Foundation Film Program).

Youngmin ChoeYoungmin Choe is assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  She received her Ph.D. in Asian Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 2007.  From 2008 to 2009, she was a Korea Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Choe specializes in Korean and pan-Asian cinema; Korean and East Asian visual cultures; cultural studies; tourism studies; and travel and leisure in modern Korea. Her published works include “Transitional Emotions: Boredom and Distraction in Hong Sangsu’s Holiday Films,” Korean Studies Vol. 33 (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2009).  Her forthcoming book, The Korean Popular Culture Reader (co-edited with Kyung Hyun Kim), will be published in late 2013.

Kahi ParkKahi Park is one of Korea’s top dancers, riveting the public’s attention with her shining performances as leader of the group, After School. Ms. Park has been busy with a flurry of activities since her debut, not only as a singer but also as one of Korea’s most highly sought-after TV entertainment and variety show personalities.

With “Come Back, You Bad Person,” her 2010 solo album that musically embodied the “essence of Kahi,” there was wide acclaim for her vocal ability and talent for stage performance. Since 2008, she has also stepped up as a singer/songwriter by penning the lyrics to many songs, including After School’s “When I Fall,” “Someone Is You,”  and Son Dam Bi’s “Beat Up By a Girl.” And in 2012, she launched her acting career, showing her dramatic chops in the popular KBS drama “Dream High 2.”