Mr. Peter Beck is the Korea Representative for the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation. Previously, he held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations, Stanford University and the East-West Center in Honolulu, and he served as the executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and opened the International Crisis Group’s Northeast Asia office in Seoul. He was also the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Beck’s special relationship with Korea began in May 1987. He was a college student at the time who wanted to travel around Asia. And during this time, he witnessed the heat of Democracy movement in Korea which made a very strong impression on him that people at his age fight against something that he had been born with- democracy. He was also a strongly impressed with Korean people and Korean hospitality which all then led him to have a greater interest of the country, and to learn and study more about the country. Now, he’s a Korea specialist and the Korea representative for the Asia Foundation.
On HEART TO HEART, we’ve invited honorary Korean Mr. Peter Beck to talk about the current trends of East Asia and the future of it in this rapidly changing world, as well as his love for Korea.