New Yoon Administration’s Domestic Approaches in Facing North Korea: What Will Change and What Will Remain?
In South Korea’s most recent 2022 Presidential Election that took place on March 9th, 2022, Yoon Seok-Youl, a candidate from Korea’s Conservative Party, won over Lee Jae-Myoung, a candidate representing Korea’s Democratic Party. It was the closest election in South Korea’s election history, with a percentage difference of 0.8%. Regardless of how close the result was, now South Korea plans to have a new administration starting in May, led by President-Elect Yoon, from the conservative point of view.
In the past five years of Moon’s administration, most of South Korea’s policies towards North Korea were geared toward peace. Under Moon’s presidency, several rounds of peace talks with North Korea, most of them under the discussion of declaring the end of the Korean War, were held. These peace talks were also supported by the United States of America, where former President Trump came to South Korea for a tri-peace talk with the hopes of resolving conflicts between the two countries. Yet, even discussing North Korea's denuclearization and the end of war declaration with North Korea has been challenging for South Korea as our country itself suffered from political polarization against each side. Now, without those goals of the Moon Administration guiding the conversation, President-Elect Yoon is predicted to share contradictory views that will lead South Korea’s relationship with North Korea to head elsewhere.
During the election campaign, President-Elect Yoon continuously criticized the Moon Administration for being too lenient in their approach to North Korea. Last November, President-Elect Yoon announced that if he became president, he had no plan to discuss the end of war declaration with North Korea without North Korea’s decision to denuclearize. He emphasized that the Korean War is yet to be over, and making deals without talking about denuclearization on their side is threatening to South Korea’s national security.
President-Elect Yoon emphasized the need for additional placement of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense systems in major cities such as Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Incheon. During their presidential campaign, President-Elect Yoon and his cabinet released a statement that said more THAAD placements are critically needed as it does not protect Korea’s capital city, Seoul, from potential missile attacks that could easily arrive from North Korea anytime.
During the Moon Presidency in 2017, the administration already placed several THAADs in Seong-Ju Golf Course. Each machine cost approximately $800 million. China, who disliked South Korea’s military advancement, boycotted South Korea’s products for about a year, causing $7 billion to be lost to Korea's economy.
As there are mixed opinions in placing more THAADs, former commander of the ROK-US Combined Forces, Vincent Brooks, commented that South Korea doesn’t require additional placement of THAADs. The democratic party continues criticizing its policy even after the election, mentioning that it is a waste of taxpayer money.
This is not the first time that the ROK-US Combined Forces have rejected President-Elect Yoon’s domestic policies towards North Korea. Previously when President-Elect Yoon proposed a policy where he planned to deploy U.S. nuclear weapons to South Korean military bases to prepare for an emergency, the US military stated that they had no interest nor plans in nuclear weapon sharing with South Korea.
Many international relations and political science scholars of South Korea are collectively concerned about the rising implausible political promises during presidential elections by candidates.
“Nuclear sharing and redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea is just the nationalist argument of some politicians and scholars who have no deep knowledge on the U.S. administration’s will and background on nuclear policies,” Kim Young-jun, a professor at Korea National Defense University, told The Diplomat. “It’s just political rhetoric for getting more votes, as there is no possibility of U.S. government support for this.”
President-Elect Yoon took an action that the conservative party in Korea had never taken before. He promised to continue having a trilateral communication line with the United States and North and South Korea. He also promised President Moon’s administration that they would continuously support North Korean citizens who desperately need humanitarian assistance. This was a step that both parties, Moon and Yoon, took overall to put politics behind regarding human rights for Koreans regardless of their nationality.
While President-Elect Yoon’s policies contradicted the current administration’s point of view towards North Korea, there were some policies that President-Elect Yoon planned to maintain from the Moon Administration, such as humanitarian aid towards North Korea. Every election, the population takes sides to support their candidate. Although by the end of the day, the country would have one administration. Both parties should never forget that it would be their responsibility to collaborate to find agreeing terms to unify the divided population back to one.
Political tensions between higher education institution jeopardizes opportunities for future international students
The imprecise evaluation of GEC (Global Education City) by the JEO (Jeju Education Office) is heating political tensions between the JDC (Jeju Development Center) and the JEO. The current topic of discussion is whether or not the GEC needs another international school. As JDC manages the overall operation in the GEC, the JDC has been continuously requesting the JEO's approval to construct a new international school since 2019.
Despite this effort, the JEO has continued to reject the JDC’s proposals to build new international schools in the area due to the city being underpopulated with international students. However, the JDC’s annual report on the statistics and evaluation of the GEC over the past three years has spotlighted that all four of the schools currently in the area will soon reach maximum capacity.
“The GEC has grown remarkably in terms of student enrollment rate, college entrance performance, and quality of education," the chairman of the JDC, Moon Dae-rim, said, "As the recruitment rate is expected to be 100% within the next year or two, it is urgent to invite new schools.”
The interview that Mr. Moon had with media channels in October claims that because the GEC is popular, the swift rise in the number of potential international students will soon become a concern because those students will not be able to get a chance to enroll, leaving many students without an option.
Meanwhile, the JEO’s comments on the GEC are radically different from the JDC’s annual report evaluations. "Quality management is more important than new attractions," superintendent of the JEO, Lee Seokmoon, said. "The number of international students predicted when designing the city has decreased by 75%, and the estimated population has also decreased significantly due to the decline in fertility rates. We need to discuss using school sites in English education cities for public purposes."
These adverse evaluations of the GEC came from the JEO’s superintendent office only four months before the JDC’s annual report in the same year. The current assessment of the GEC is widely contrasting between the two parties. Regardless of how political education institutions evaluate the GEC, what is vital when questioning the need for another international school in the GEC is to collect opinions from the GEC schools directly.
“International schools will reach their capacities as the JDC mentioned,” Director of Human Resources in KISJ, Ms. Cave said. “To continuously grow creative minds and global leaders, I do believe that it is time for another international school soon, considering new schools’ construction and growing periods.”
Considering that Ms. Cave can perceive statistics from international schools directly with new students and faculty enrollment rates compared to the schools’ capacities, it's framed that international schools and the JDC share relatively the same datasets. The GEC’s overpopulated conditions aren’t necessarily recognizable by percentages and numbers; it is obvious from the traffic itself.
“The comment from the JEO’s office is questionable,” KISJ Junior, Jiwun Kim, said. “See how many hagwons and more restaurants are built every day; it is telling conflicting stories.”
Over the past decade, the GEC has gone through endless development to emerge into a reputable academic community. These educational and hospitality businesses have emerged for a reason. There are restaurants, including big franchises, joining the GEC as they see a business opportunity given the growing popularity of this city.
Most claims and evidence are siding with the JDC’s vision. The combination of the JDC’s statistical reports, testimonies, and commentaries in the GEC local school population themselves spotlight the questionable nature of the superintendent of the JEO's comment to the extent that it may need fact-checking before public statements.
“We take leaders in various fields, creating great minds, urging critical thinking skills which differs from Korean public schools as they focus more on test-taking abilities, different from real-life application skills,” Ms. Cave said. It is undoubtedly encouraging for the GEC to hear that the increasing population means more leaders are taking the global initiative making the city more novel everyday. Yet, John Kim, a current junior in KISJ who has attended this school since its opening, introduces a new perspective to this community. While the GEC waits for the JDC and the JEO's political tension to be resolved, the GEC can also consider this concern part of a deliberate reflection.
“My concern is not about adding international schools, [but] the quality, and passion of new students these schools are taking,” John continued, “As my years in KISJ continued, I saw international schools focusing more on expansion rather than accepting students who are genuinely interested and talented in becoming global leaders... some students who joined this community lately have blurry interest in our school’s mission, and it is a concern if this number of students increases overtime with more schools."
I am happy to announce Amnesty PLUS's first think tank report, created by our student research scholars. Amnesty PLUS initially posts Human Rights related news that needs awareness or creates campaigns. In late 2021, Lauren and I decided to make a task force. The task force collected academically exemplary students from international schools in Korea to create a think tank paper. After running the think tank paper with our task force first, we learned some lessons on how to run these projects. After experiencing some success, as shown in our final product, we look forward to expanding these types of reports with our general Amnesty PLUS research groups. A big shout out to Lauren, our task force director, and congratulations again on your acceptance to Princeton University.
Happy New Year.
Thank you, Ministry of the Interior and Safety's Minister Chun Hae-Chul, for the warmhearted letter delivered on the last day of 2021! Looking forward to another amazing year, 2022.
Every 10th of September is a World Suicide Prevention Day. Around September, the world focuses on the suicide rate ranking, and countries with high suicide rates are highlighted under the spotlight of concern by the international community.
Over the past decades (1985-2019), South Korea’s suicide per 100,000 people per year remains third place around the globe, and South Korea’s suicide rate’s ranking over the past decade always remained in the top 20th. Suicide Prevention Day is back again in 2021, and unfortunately, South Korea’s suicidal rate remains a concern for global and domestic communities.
Alongside, it has also become a red flag for every federal government administrations. According to the report conducted by a government branch in South Korea, the Statistic Korea, South Korea has ranked 1st for having the highest suicidal rate out of OECD Member countries founded by their most recent report.
By only looking over the suicide-related statistics, people may assume that South Korea has a weak health or education system, but there is a surprising irony between the correlation with the health/education ranking and suicide rates in Korea. Referencing the statistical database for health and education ranking worldwide, South Korea ranked in the top tier for suicidal rates. South Korea has also ranked in the top tier for the health and education categories. In the 2021 Mid-Year, South Korea ranked 2nd place for the healthcare index with a rate of 82.36, and for education, South Korea ranked 5th with their education system worldwide.
Through this ironic correlation, one age group is distinctive, the youths of 15-19. In 2019, the WHO (World Health Organization) announced a report on suicide rates per 100,000 population in 15-19-year-old students. South Korea ranked in the top 30th worldwide and ranked in the top 13th with the Asia and Oceania region filter in the dataset. The ranking goes up even higher when the dataset excludes small islands.
The question arises: if South Korea, one of the developing countries in the world, has an extraordinary healthcare and education system, why would there be such a high suicide rate, especially among the age group of youths when they are such an early stage in life?
When South Korea is ranked high in education worldwide and has one of the highest IQs, these exceptional rankings come with dark and dreadful truths. South Korea is all about the numbers and grades of a particular student. Hence, in High School report cards, every extracurricular activity, grade, and behavior score is scored by numbers or ranking rather than listening to specific stories that each student demonstrates throughout an academic year. The consequence of a number or ranking scoring system is that it creates peer pressure and parent pressure among students. On student community websites, it is easy to spot students who are posting their concerns. Those concerns vary from parents yelling at students putting heavy pressure on their performance score at school, all the way to stories like faculty members publicizing a test score to create peer competition behaviors to encourage students to study harder under pressure.
When students enter high school, they automatically become robots with no specific personal passion or story to study for the Korean SAT and get high-performance scores on their report cards through grades and extracurricular activities. These students tend to become robots because the education system itself provides extreme pressure on Korean students. For instance, if the United States offers multiple SAT or ACT exams per month to all high school students, South Korean SAT only happens once in November per year open only to high school seniors. They are under the impression that they have one chance to get an excelling score, or they end up retaking the senior year to study for the Korean SAT again to get a better score. These pressured academic systems in Korea were created because college admissions mostly look at students’ Korean SAT scores that were given only a single chance and students’ ranking in school to admit students into their school.
Comparably the United States college admissions allow students to write supplemental essays with personal passion and stories, express themselves through extracurricular activities’ descriptions, and provide multiple chances or even super score their SAT or ACT scores. Juxtaposing these two countries, South Korea seems to be more about rankings or statistics of a student. In contrast, the United States is open-minded -- allowing students to freely express their passions, as it is not all about student’s academic performances, such as GPA.
By interacting with Korean high school students, I have personally learned that to win the competition on scores, they are forced to attend Hagwons, or “study place,” which is the Korean term for cram schools. These hagwons are ruthless and expensive. No matter which level of education they are in, Korean students are forced to experience hagwon due to such competitive tension in academic fields. If vacations are meant for resting, building networks or passion, or personal development, vacation means hagwon time all day long for Korean students. The Borgen Project found that there are more than 100,000 hagwons domestically, increasing every year.
Meanwhile, South Korean parents spend over $15 billion on private education annually, about triple the average rate of OECD countries’ spending. Hagwons are the places that jail you into a small room for studying. Adults who present themselves as qualified teachers force pieces of information into a student’s brain, even if they are not ready for it, because they must learn the content early to achieve higher scores than their peers, which gives a better chance at college acceptance. This strict academy culture has also become a concern for the government as they were jailing students over midnight, continuously studying. Thus in 2009, the Department of education limited hagwons only to be open until 10 pm.
As some may have already predicted, these regulations by the government were not powerful enough to fight against the strict culture of hagwons. When I messaged one of my Korean high school friends to check in on what they were up to, most of them were stressed about hagwon work over school homework, and when I asked about the 10 pm regulations’ effectiveness, here is what they replied. “Owners and faculties of hagwon simply ignore the policy. To avoid getting caught when police check-in, I even saw teachers suddenly shutting everything off to pretend to be innocent.” Other friends added, “My hagwon just ignores them and gets caught. The penalty is weak. They pay little penalty fines out of the massive money they make through our parents.” At that moment, I knew the South Korean government had a weak regulation on the darkness of the country’s education culture.
Many parents believe that this is not an issue because they care about their children being the best among their peers, regardless of the dangers these cultures are causing. Based on the report announced by Statistics Korea, suicide is the age group 10’s number one cause of death, and it has been growing steadily every year. In 2019, a group of teenagers stressed out of these dark education cultures created a report for the United Nations and complained through the United Nations directly because they all thought the current government’s response to these issues was not responsible enough to resolve the problem. After hearing these teenagers’ stories, these students stated that some UN diplomats cried after listening to their depressing education practices. These reactions to their culture vividly expose what kind of difficulty that these students are experiencing during their early stages in life. Nobody should cry after listening to someone’s daily life in their school, and it proves what kind of crisis South Korea may be in. Still as for 2021’s suicide prevention day, there were no direct responses or release of new teen suicide prevention programs to decrease students’ tense stress on these severe education cultures or decrease the teen suicide rate.
Scores, performance reports, and high-school statistics will not judge an individual’s life. There are so many stories and uniqueness for every single student behind those numbers. There should be no cases where students are so pressured that they end up giving up their lives to choose peacefulness under death. The truth is, I had time to draft this article because I am an international student, not a Korean high school student. If I were a high school student attending Korean High School, I might not have even gotten a chance to draft this article because I am pressured to improve my academic scores rather than express my passions through writing. This problem is not an instant fix because it has already taken the place of being culture among students. It is a long-term problem requiring sophisticated solutions provided by schools, communities, and the government to resolve this issue slowly and make culture disappear steadily. This means that the longer the country decides to delay the case, the longer students will be stressed, lengthening the time to resolve this issue. It may have become the time for South Korea’s education system to be open-minded. They listen to students’ feedback instead of parents and make an effort to create a comfortable environment for students who are all unique with their own passion stories.
For American students and their families, November represents a season of generosity, rest, and coming together. For Korean students and their families, November represents a season of heightened stress, anxiety, and depression. On a very special Thursday in November, American students step back from increasingly demanding school expectations and practice thanksgiving. On a very special Thursday in November, Korean students experience the culmination of their formal schooling on the most trajectory-shaping day of their lives: suneung.
Suneung is the College Scholastic Ability Test, commonly known as the “Korean SAT”. On the 3rd Thursday in November each year, the fate of every single student enrolled in an accredited Korean school is decided. Claiming that a standardized test is the most important day in someone’s life might feel like an extreme claim reserved for the privileged first-world. I get that. However, the startling suicide and depression rate following the release of these test scores tell a different story. The Korean SAT not only shapes the path of a student’s life, but in some ways, it affects whether students continue to live their lives at all, both figuratively and literally.
Reports released following Suicide Prevention Month this past September, compounded by the disruption to schooling and uncertainty brought on by two years of the global pandemic, render this year’s test particularly concerning. According to the most recent report conducted by Statistic Korea, South Korea has ranked 1st for having the highest suicidal rate out of OECD Member countries. In 2019, the WHO (World Health Organization) announced a report on suicide rates per 100,000 population in 15-19-year-old students. South Korea ranked in the top 30th worldwide and ranked 13th with the Asia and Oceania region filter in the dataset.
Numbers aside, I feel the weight of this exam on the shoulders of my peers, as I am a Korean high school senior myself. Depression and suicide have become so common amongst fellow teenagers that students will talk about suicide as if it’s just part of the daily news as if it’s a “viable” option if their scores do not pan out. The spike in depression and suicide rates begins before the test date. Students will study so intensely for the exam, often in isolation and going days without sleep, that mental breaks occur under duress.
As I write this article, I am more thankful than ever for the privilege of attending an international school since the fourth grade. Even then, my young mind was so eager to escape the rigidity and pressure I experienced in Korean elementary school. My friends who attend Korean school have just one more day to see whether their years toiling away in a hagwon, Korea's lucrative industry of “cram schools,” will deliver a test score that will land them into Seoul National University, Korea University, or Yonsei University — the elite “SKY” institutions.
Korean students like myself who are attending international school face our own pressures as we prepare to apply to overseas colleges. My burden is comparatively light, considering many American universities have made standardized tests optional this year. Even if I do take a standardized exam, I have multiple testing opportunities. Yet, the rates of depression and suicide among Korean teenagers do not distinguish between the nature of one’s school.
Korea’s startling mental health statistics, especially among young people, lead many to speculate that South Korea must have a weak health or education system. Ironically, South Korea has been top-ranked in both categories. In the 2021 Mid-Year Report, South Korea ranked 2nd for the healthcare index with a rate of 82.36 and 5th for education worldwide. Plus, South Korean parents spend over $15 billion on private education annually, about triple the average rate of other OECD nations. So it seems that economic opportunity in Korea is not to blame. That’s because the pressures students experience around their education is just as much of a cultural issue as it is a logistic one, and it starts in early childhood.
The cycle of pressure experienced by this age group begins at home with parents who want their child to be the best. It continues in hagwons and schools with teachers ranking students relative to each other and publishing that information publicly, not just within the school but across the region. Then, students are conditioned to put pressure on themselves as they literally compete with their peers at every turn. Before entering high school, I always thought of peer pressure as being forced to do something to fit in. But for my friends attending Korean school, the pressure comes from watching other students stand out due to their success.
As if the pervasive cultural, family, and peer pressures are not enough to significantly compromise a teenager’s mental health, the competitive nature of the school system also compromises the quality of relationships in students’ lives. A fellow student who was once a friend in elementary school became my competitor the moment a hagwon ranked us against each other. Our talks of having joint study sessions and forming shared study guides went out of the window. Not only did we stop discussing academics together, but we eventually stopped confiding in each other at all. God forbid I slip up and become vulnerable with him. When students like us feel that we can no longer confide in their peers or parents about this issue, our mental health becomes even more challenged even more in this isolation.
When students enter high school, they automatically trade their personal passions and interests to only study for the Korean SAT. This would actually be detrimental to my chances of admission to a U.S. university. The American university admissions process allows students to write supplemental essays with personal passion and stories, express themselves through extracurricular activities’ descriptions, and provide multiple chances or even super score their SAT or ACT scores. As for Korean universities, the test score is all that matters. And as for respected Korean careers, the tier of the university is all that matters.
Students my age often turn to Naver communities, which is like the Korean version of Reddit, to voice their concerns. As recently as last week, I read a post about faculty members publicizing a test score to amplify peer competition. Some posts are far darker, with students publishing their suicidal thoughts. These forums get a new post every hour, especially with Suneung Day approaching. Sadly, we know what will happen on the other side of this year’s Suneung Day. Some students will fail and commit to goshiwons, tiny bedrooms that students use as homes intense studying, for another year. Some students will pass and breathe a sigh of relief, and some other students will fall deeper into suffering.
This is one cycle that I sincerely hope will not continue. When will we stop publishing reports and actually make a change? While the American college testing system is imperfect, one thing it has gotten right is offering multiple test dates for students throughout the year and allowing students to test before senior year. If the Korean system simply offered multiple test dates and allowed students to test prior to senior year, it would be a major win for students’ health. Perhaps schools can also consider making the SAT optional because, frankly, Korean students are at a disadvantage when they enter the university because high school taught them how to pass one single test rather than how to think critically and creatively solve problems.
Education is meant to be a tool, not for survival, but for personal development and discovery. Otherwise, what else is all of this for?
It’s been 20 months since COVID-19 began calling the viability of our livelihoods into question. No matter how creative and adaptable the market tried to be, the result appeared to be the same: failure. Stock markets fell, businesses closed, and mass layoffs were rolled out for those that stayed open. Combined with mandates to stay at home and avoid contact with people, relationships were strained and depression rates rose.
Out of the darkness of depression facing business owners, the Fail Expo program of the Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS) shines a light. First co-hosted by MOIS and the Ministry of Startups and SMEs (MSS) in 2018 as the first expo of its kind in Korea, the upcoming 2021 Fail Expo will mark the 4th annual round. The 2018 and 2019 expos aimed to raise awareness about government resources and to create a space for business owners to share about overcoming their failures. The overarching goal of the expo’s main program was to bring small business owners together and to create a more open atmosphere that encourages them to remain persistent by challenging themselves again in the face of adversity.
The Fail Expo not only helps entrepreneurs strategically but also anyone facing emotional struggles. Hosted only in Seoul, the first year of the Fail Expo garnered support from more than 50,000 people. Rather than only granting money or other resources, this expo focused on rehabilitating attendees through emotional support so that they would continuously stand back up out of depression. From 2019, the Fail Expo program spread to regions all over Korea to spread the culture of encouraging and supporting the success of individuals nationwide.
After impacting tens of thousands of business owners through both online and offline events in its first two years in existence, the Fail Expo 2020 was already on track to expand its reach. Furthermore, due to the unexplored terrain of the global pandemic, the 2020 program gained a new wave of interest from business owners navigating the new set of challenges posed by the global pandemic. Private and public institutes also introduced autonomously planned programs to expand participation nationwide based on local needs. The result was transforming the social perception of failure as an opportunity to develop and advance toward one’s goals rather than give up or halt progress.
Since 2020, increased cooperation among local governments and public and private institutions diversified the offerings of the Fail Expo program to be year-round, across a variety of regions, and both online and offline. Over the past 4 years alone, this program has supported more than 1.5 million Koreans and hopes to become utilized by more foreigners in the future.
The spokesperson of Korea O2O Future Vision Association, a consulting company that is advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, expresses their thoughts on the Fail Expo:
“The Fail Expo program has helped our organization to overcome the fear of failure. We got to experience a supportive and accepting atmosphere and challenge ourselves to continue growing our business again.”
The Fail Expo 2021, set to take place this December, will be unique due to stronger partnerships between local governments, central government agencies, and public and private social organizations. Program resources will be even more accessible through expanded online channels. The event comes as a collaboration among 3 local governments of Busan, Daegu, and Jeju; 14 social support institutions addressing issues across youth, gender, employment, startups, and small businesses; and the Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), among others.
The 2021 Fail Expo will also offer support in areas of life beyond business, including relational counseling and financial counseling. Central government agencies have designated ten experts to provide counseling and policy information and selected 50 program ambassadors, known as “Again人(DASI-IN)'s”, to support this program. Among the ambassadors are ten professional counselors, as well as journalists, content creators, and social influencers. As ambassadors (Dasi-In) of Fail Expo, they are providing online counseling to support people’s efforts to overcome failure and communicate the stories of those who have overcome their obstacles through compelling content shared in real-time.
So far, collecting the wisdom of citizens through deliberate discussion of challenges and issues has identified 75 policy priorities related to the topic of defeating failure. Out of those policies, 35 have already been incorporated into central and local government policies. This constitutes a major accomplishment in changing the social perceptions of failure across society. As for the 2021 program, there will be a stronger focus on identifying policy priorities through policy deliberations and discussions held by 17 participating organizations. There will also be expanded public participation through an online collection of opinions and agenda proposals.
The success of the Fail Expo program sends a powerful message to the public. It is true that most of the time, government and business sectors disagree with each other, whether because of tax policies or or other regulations. At the end of the day, however, both are committed to serving the public. Governments raise the quality of life through policies while businesses profit on providing goods and services that promote the public’s happiness. The collaboration between businesses and government may sound unfamiliar, rare, and unique, but it is necessary to happen, and it should happen more often. When the majority of the people are struggling, the people who can help should do so. COVID-19 has brought people together through collective hardship, and it is crucial that we come together to alleviate those hardships.
The Fail Expo program is committed to doing exactly this through small business grants and professional advice.This program acknowledges the premise that granting money is not always the solution. Sometimes, it should be noted that people don’t want billions of dollars. More often, an average amount of money to rehabilitate, paired with a significant amount of professional consulting or emotional support, is more crucial to a company’s long-term success. After all, if entrepreneurs are not in a healthy emotional state, the likelihood of using the funds sustainably decreases. Most importantly, the program offers support through a community where people share openly with each other and build their hope and passion during these trying times.
Indeed, it is true that failure hurts. However, many philosophers and psychologists say people learn from failures, which is a milestone to success. According to B.F. Skinner, who was a renowned behaviorist and professor of psychology at Harvard University: "A failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
The Fail Expo 2021 already has countless people involved in this event for support. Event ambassadors have shared more than 200 stories and have already been offering professional and civic bits of advice. This trend makes it worth looking forward to how the upcoming program will help citizens struggling as we near the end of this year.
The Fail Expo program is truly open to everyone, regardless of your citizenship or visa status. Please visit the homepage (www.failexpo.com) for more details on Fail Expo 2021. Online programs are available for everyone.
Benny Hwang is a senior at Korea International School, Jeju Campus, with a passion for policy and people. He intends to attend university in the United States, where he will major in international relations and public policy.