Seoulism, founded in July 2013, is a Korean language webzine written by international students who study in Korea. At Seoulism, students of diverse backgrounds produce content about social and cultural issues from an internationalist perspective.
It is widely known that Korea, particularly Seoul, is experiencing globalization at remarkable speed. In light of this inescapable reality, many people have made great efforts to establish mutual understanding. However, due to certain difficulties in cross-cultural communication, an array of misunderstandings, stereotypes, and prejudices has presented itself as a challenge in this rapidly changing society. In some severe cases, these stereotypes and prejudices result in various forms of discrimination and xenophobia. So, what should be done so that everyone can live together more harmoniously? Seoulism, in search of the answer to this question, has opted to address this issue by creating a webzine and alternative media for more effective cross-cultural communication.
Seoulism aims to provide fruitful experiences for both our writers and our readers. By writing in Korean and improving their language skills, international students will have the opportunity to lead more meaningful and participatory lives in Korea as well as gain a deeper understand of the country in which they live. As for our Korean readers, by taking a look at Korea and the world through the eyes of international students, they will be able to gain a better understanding of- and capacity to relate to their foreign neighbors.
The number of international students in Korea is bound to increase only more with the rise of interest in Korea across the world. In the year 2013, 83,000 international students are reported to study in Korean universities and this number will increase to nearly 200,000 by 2020 should the Korean government’s international education policies prove successful. So, wouldn’t now be a good time to start to get to know each other a little better?
● Mission Statements
1. Increasing cross-cultural communication
2. Improving mutual understanding
3. Providing motivation for the use of the Korean language
1. To improve the Korean language skills of international students through writing
2. To provide opportunities for international students to participate actively in Korean society
3. To provide greater opportunities for Koreans to get to know non-Koreans, their culture, and ways of life
4. To create a platform for mutual understanding