Lecture Video: A (Small) Window on the Two Koreas: Stamps

Even though postage stamps may be going the way of typewriters and pagers, North and South Korea continue to produce millions of colorful and stamps each year, providing a window into how the two governments see themselves and the world around them. After exploring the Joseon Dynasty's development of a postal service 120 years ago, Beck will turn to the philatelic rivalry that emerged between the two Koreas soon after division in 1945. He will then trace the development of stamps in the North and the South over the past seven decades and share with the audience some of his most interesting philatelic finds over the past three decades. Beck is currently the president of the U.S.-based Korea Stamp Society (www.pennfamily.org/KSS-USA/).

Peter Beck joined The Asia Foundation as Country Representative in Korea in January, 2012. He is a seasoned Korea specialist and former Asia Foundation Haas intern. Prior to joining the Foundation, Beck was the Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo, and the Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University. Previously, he was the Northeast Asia Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul (2004-2007) and Director of Research at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC (1997-2004). He has also served as a member of the Ministry of Unification's Policy Advisory Committee (2005 – 2007).

Peter Beck received his bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and conducted his graduate studies in Comparative Public Policy and International Relations at the University of California at San Diego's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Beck studied Korean at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Hanguk University of Foreign Studies.

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