In history to the present day, there are numerous examples of cultural artifacts from one country being held by a museum or government in another country.
Often times they were sold, and sometimes they were stolen.
A famous example from ancient Greece is the Elgin marbles, which today are still in the British Museum.
Tonight on the program, we are pleased to welcome an expert on the subject who has been studying the return of these artifacts and the diplomatic processes that enable their return.
She's even published a book on the subject called "Cultural Artifact Repatriation: Symbolic Diplomacy."
Nam Ji-eun joins us tonight from Seoul via Zoom.
Q1. First of all, as a person born in Korea who who grew up in Poland, what motivated your interest in preserving and protecting cultural assets?
Q2. The repatriation of cultural artifacts, as in your book, is complicated by issues of diplomacy. In what ways does that happen, and could you give a couple of examples of artifacts that have been returned, perhaps ones from Korea?
Q3. In many cases, cultural artifacts that have been taken from their home countries are from less developed countries. Korea in the past was one such case. Why is it that the countries that have taken the artifacts are reluctant to send them back?
Q4. Where governments or museums and so on refuse to send artifacts back, are there ways using the law to pursue their return?