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Not Only Medals and Glory

By Jin-Sung Kim (DG editor)

  There have been a great deal of debates on whether or not the 2014 Incheon Asian Games would be beneficial for the nation. Some extreme opponents have even claimed for the renunciation of hosting it because of the negative effects that may occur in the aftermath.

Since the event is already on the go, however, it is too late for the opposition to keep on whining. Thus, it will be much more constructive to take a closer look at the expected benefits the Asian Games will actually bring.



 

1. Vitalization of Regional and International Economy

 

Graph: Overall Economic Effect (measurements: billion won (₩), 1000 people (p) )

 

Effect

Incheon Economic Effect

Other Area Economic Effect

National Economic Effect

Production Inducement

106,175 (₩)

230,153 (₩)

129,323 (₩)

Added Value Inducement

44,239 (₩)

11,336 (₩)

55,575 (₩)

Employment Inducement

201 (p)

68 (p)

269 (p)

※Korea Institute for International Economic Policy 「The Economic Ripple Effect and Validity Analysis of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games」(2006.7.3)
 

As seen from the graph above, an immense amount of economic effect can arise from the Asian Games. The investment on buildings and facilities will remain intact in Incheon and become assets of the nation afterwards. Nonetheless, the management of these facilities will be a very important factor. Depreciation due to negligence of management will only make these facilities a burden to the country, let alone bring about economic value.



 

2. Enhancement of Brand Value as a Cosmopolitan City

 

Brand value is very sensitive to its surroundings. It can plummet just with the simplest gossip or rise following a successful completion of an event.

By ensuring proper plans and smooth progression in the Asian Games, South Korea can be imprinted to the world as a competitive global country with a state-of-the-art international airport and free economic zones along with the image of successfully hosting the Olympics, World Cup and the Asian Games, the three major international sports events. It is also a great opportunity to notify your cultural legitimacy and excellence while contributing to the settlement of peace in Northeast Asia and humanity as a whole.



 

3. Integration of Citizens and Reinforcing Self-esteem

 

The integration and harmony of citizens towards a communal goal, the 2014 Asian Games, will bring out a sense of unity and the successful hosting of it will instill national self-esteem to the citizens. With all the scandalous incidents in our country these days, the Asian Games should at least be able to let the citizens have something to root for in consensus.



 

4. Contribution to the Growth of National Sports

 

By training elite athletes, South Korea can be established as a powerhouse for sports. To achieve this, however, maintenance and procurement of sports facilities will be compulsory. If these frameworks are provided, the national health of sports will be able to prosper in the long run. Not only that but, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games by themselves will be able to add up to the growth of national sports, being the first international sports event held in South Korea since the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

Since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea has hosted numerous international sports events. Each time, the country has accumulated more and more experience and knowledge on how to lead events without much complication.

Nevertheless, there is something that South Korea must always bear in mind. Greece, the host of the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, is one of the hardest-hit countries that have experienced the valley effect, or the post-Olympic economic hangover. This financial catastrophe of Greece resulted in the Eurozone crisis, leaving millions of lives in distraught.

Of course the Asian Games are not the Olympics, but they are still a major event that can bring unexpected affairs to any nation. South Korea must not disregard this scenario and be cautious to the end.

 

Following the Asian Games, the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are coming right up in a few years. Naturally, the successful hosting of the Asian Games can be a crucial stepping stone for the successful hosting of the Olympics. It is essential for the nation to maintain its status after the Games and be able to continue its preparations without further ado. However, this is not a matter that can be discussed at the moment. So, let us all just sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the show.



 

By Jin-Sung Kim
(DG editor)

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Strong Stride toward Excellence

The pleasant scent of autumn has spread and the campus of Dongtan Global High School is enveloped in cool wisps of the fragrant harvest breezes of fall. Just as the nearby rice fields have grown into sturdy, golden stalks so too has our school matured and taken firm root in the city of Hwaseong.

 

  With the school’s first commencement ceremony last winter, sending the graduates far and wide to make their mark in the world, already another group of seniors are about to take one of the biggest exams of their lives. My fellow students are eager to honor the name of the school, and the new recruits are more competent than ever. The campus has been blooming with special events, academic challenges, and new clubs and activities where students have been showing their persistence, creativity, and expertise. It seems DGHS is ever more fruitful with every year that passes.

 

  In the third publication of the Dongtan Globe, we have taken strides to meet the rising standard of the school. The reporters and editors have tried to deliver the best of their work, striving to meet the high expectations. In consequence, we were able to present more extended and finer edition to you. And I, the third chief editor, will return the honor to the hard-working members of the the Dongtan Globe and contributors who willingly participated in the publication.

 

  Previously, feature stories focused on topics associated with the annual Joint Academic Conference of Global High Schools. This year, however, we’ve taken a different approach and will be discussing the controversy regarding integration of the liberal arts and natural sciences tracks in South Korean high schools.

 

  The topic is fairly recent as the Ministry of Education is starting to implement education of no border between natural sciences and liberal arts. There are many controversies whether the integration is necessary or not. In our feature, we cover various arguments and facts about the issue. Specifically, the feature discusses the issue first in the historical context and then through its progression of current decision to integrate the tracks. Within this discussion, the feature spotlights the concept of consilience of Edward O.Wilson which will help readers to understand the ideology behind the track integration argument.

 

  In addition, we’ve included a wide range of articles covering other domestic and international issues such as Crimean crisis, school life including articles about an invited professor and a reporter, and even reviews of some recent music, book, and movie.

 

As usual, we thank you for your continued support and readership and hope that you enjoy this year’s edition of the Dongtan Globe.

 

By Jong-Seo Park
DG editor-in-chief

 

The Humanities Matter

 Korean high school education has been offering distinct curriculum tracks for the last several decades: liberal arts and natural sciences. As of 2018, however, those two separate tracks are supposed to be integrated into one comprehensive track. Debates are raging surrounding this issue. While advocates argue that the integrated curriculum be implemented in order to produce creative talents fitting the consilience spirit of the 21st century, opponents argue that it is premature to decide that now. Rather, they insist, all we need to do is strengthen basic skills under the current split curriculum.

 

  I believe an integrated curriculum is eventually the right choice to make. This academic approach is already a mainstay of many developed countries such as the United States and most western European countries. The underlying philosophy behind their policy is that both quality of living and competitiveness can be enhanced only when scientists are armed with humanities refinements and entrepreneurs possess good knowledge of natural science.

 

  I support this approach, and believe additionally that humanistic values are closely associated with cultural industries, and developing them in each individual will be beneficial to society. The general idea behind cultural industries is that popular culture produces cultural goods such as printed media, music, television, film, as well as crafts and design. They are knowledge-based and labor-intensive, and not only create employment and wealth, but also drive the norms of a particular society. Thus, in nurturing creativity, analysis and reflection, and fostering innovation, societies will maintain cultural diversity, enhance economic performance, and advance the sciences while also promoting sustainable, peaceful societal standards.

 

  The essential point is that technology alone cannot lead itself to beneficial cultural industries. That is, we cannot produce a movie only with quality cameras, audio, and special effects. The storytelling is indeed crucial to the development of an entertaining and profitable film. In addition, a film that is only entertaining and profitable is also not necessarily a promotion of wholesome societal norms. The story must also celebrate, at least subtly, positive cultural goods to build enthusiasm for positive cultural attitudes such as cooperation and sustainability. Steve Jobs might be a genius, but he is not supposed to create iPhone all by himself. In the modern world, cooperation of the humanities and the sciences is integral to success. And being successful is not just about profitability, but about creating sustainable societies.

 

  Thus, an individual who has built an upright character is one who is not only a master of formulas and rules, but also an engine of creativity and innovation, based on cultural norms which promote peace, cooperation, and sustainability. This is the reason why we study the humanities.

 

By SangYol Cheong
Principal, DGHS