Journey to Korea – Working for the Common Good

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2011at 7.00pm
Venue: The Initiatives of Change centre, 24 Greencoat Place, Victoria, London SW1P 1RD

Through screening short films, Matthew Jackson will highlight remarkable changes in South Korea since the Korean War (1950 – 53), from a nation impoverished by war and occupation to becoming one of the world’s largest economies. Jackson is an assistant UK co-ordinator for The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. He has visited Korea 15 times in the past ten years.
He writes: “While media attention tends to focus on the tragedy of North Korea, the true spirit of the Korean peninsula remains largely hidden from view. This spirit goes back to the country’s establishment in the fifth millennium BC on the philosophy of Hongik Ingan, which means ‘to live and work for the benefit of all mankind’.
“In modern times, this philosophy has manifested itself in the numerous remarkable advances South Korea has made since the Korean War, made possible by a spirit of the whole nation working together and sacrificing personal goals for the common good. As Korea continues to develop, advances such as those in the fields of energy and steel increasingly benefit the wider world.
“Koreans attribute their current prosperity to the wisdom of their ancestors. Many of today’s achievements can be traced back to indigenous works of art and science in the country’s history.
“The story of Korea before the Korean War remains untold in the West. In an age of increasing economic uncertainty and geopolitical tension, the spirit of Hongik Ingan presents a hope for all of us in the West and for the global community.”

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