|Area||Area (1,000㎢)||Population (10,000)||GRDP ($Billion)||Export ($Billion)||Import ($Billion)|
|ROK's East Sea Region||39||1,160||1,411||624||439|
|DPRK's East Sea Region||47||702||57||2.5||5|
|Japan's West Coast||163||2,625||7,081||636||463|
|PRC's 3 Northeast Provinces||787||10,725||1,669||162||137|
|Russia's Far East Region||5,478||695||90||54||10|
Area of 2002, Export/Import of 2004, Population and GRDP of 2003
Source : 김원배, 「환동해경제권 형성 선도를 위한 동해안 지역의 대회전략」 (2006.4)
The East Sea region contains not only indigenous identity but also shows diversity and heterogeneous nature. Historically, diverse ethnic groups and their culture have coexisted in this region. Furthermore, political system and economic levels of four countries are different each other, which makes it not a secure and stable place but rather a dynamic place of continuing transition. In spite of such unstatic diversity of the region, East Sea has been considered as the key role-player of interconnecting the regional diversity. Even before the establishment of ancient kingdoms, along the coast line of East Sea various transaction had occurred among the people and during the later 6th century, there were also active trans-border negotiations between Koguryeo and Japan, Bo Hai and Japan. (Ancient East Sea Rim Archives) Until today, such patterns of transactions are still valid in the field of transportation and allocation of resources to achieve economic cooperation.
Like, based upon the long history of East Sea's ecological system and diverse interstate network, this region would be a complicated place with complex politics, economy, and cultural relationship. Due to these reasons, East Sea region's potential significance has been acknowledged by the modern states. Specially, East Sea's uncontaminated natural environment becomes a new alternative space not only just for Northeast Asia but also for global means. However, the complexity of regional order and dynamics has caused continuous conflicts and disputes among the sovereign states. Some of politically sensitive issues are Dokdo and it’s title for East Sea between Japan and Korea. To sum up, East Sea Region Studies will re-examine dynamic relations with a perspective of glocalism. Such perspective has convinced us to believe to overcome the limited recognition of East Sea as a nation state and recognize the area as a public territory for all the inhabitants in East Sea Rim. Ultimately, the study is expected to contribute upon implementing proper regional understandings and realization of peace and communication in Northeast Asia.
|East Sea Rim Perception||⑴ Culture of East Sea Rim||Literature, Culture, History, Scenery, City|
|⑵ Maritime perception, Discourse||Maritime perception, Mediterranean research benchmarking, Cultural research methodology|
|⑶ East Sea as the center of cultural network||Democracy, Media, Cultural Emblem, Migration|
|East Sea Rim Regime||⑷ East Sea Regional Transactions||International Commerce, Marine Transport|
|⑸ East Sea Regional Governance||International Politics, Maritime Law, Human Security, Territorial Dispute, Governance|
|⑹ East Sea Rim's Social Dynamics||Resources, Regional Order, Economic Cooperation, Supranationality|
|East Sea Rim Ecology||⑺ East Sea Region's Land and Sea Environmentand Ecological System||Ecology, Mediterranean Wetland as a referance, Climate Studies|
|⑻ East Sea Regions Ecological Space and Ecological Principle||Ecological Perception, Ecological Principle, NGO|
|⑼ East Sea Rim as a space for coexistence||Bio-Ideology, Bio-Politics, Ecological Ethics, Ecological Communities|
Investigating the diversity and similarity of culture throughout the East Sea Rim continuously evolved through correlation between nature and people residing in the East Sea area.
· Study a unique culture adapted upon marine environment.
· Study locals and ports in the East Sea region
· Study East Sea region's landscape: forest, river, climates, and ocean
Examines the marine environment related to oceanic epistemology and discourse in a comparative literature perspective that entails detailed contents and interconnection.
· Comparison Oriental ideology of ocean and Western one.
· Examine the cultural research methodology of mediterranean sea.
· Study the East Sea region's ocean perspective.
Regard East Sea region not as a detached area but as an interrelated living organism and on such assumption investigate its inclusive cultural network which entails various conflicts and territorial disputes.
· Imagination of East Sea and personalization of the imagination : Issues related to the disputes and recognition upon the title of Dokdo Island and East Sea
· Research on the cultural movement
· Contemplate East Sea region's ocean culture and industrialized modernity.
Study the various human and material transaction conducted by the people of East Sea Rim and enhance its economic potential and changes upon mutual cognition.
· Examine the concept and reality of economic cooperation: potential and crisis
· Study the characteristics of Northeast Asia and Mediterranean Sea commerce: Compare Western sea rim and East Sea Rim
· Examine economic cooperation and changes upon mutual cognition among the people of East Sea region
Contemplate the diverse human security problems and regional governance.
· Study the marine governance of western ocean regions : Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Dead Sea
· Examine the global human security and East Sea regionality.
· Adjustment upon disputes and conflicts in East Sea region : Research about peaceful ocean regime
Examine the transition of regional order surrounding East Sea rim and analyze how the development of economic cooperation and policy has affected the social network based on a contemporary perspective.
· Study East Sea rim regional order and actors.
· Examine resources and states in East Sea Rim and response to nation state/ transnation
· Establish a collaborate project as the shared waters.
Observe and forecast the continuously changing land and sea environment of East Sea region.
· Study the East Sea's ocean environment and eco-map : interaction between land and sea
· Examine the Mediterranean ecology
· Analyse East Sea region's climate changes.
With the perspective of ecological principles, it examines how human and East Sea's ecology could coexist and also analyzes various international environmental movements in order to provide a foundation for the better future East Sea ecology.
· Study the crisis upon East Sea Rim ocean ecology.
· Examine the international environmental movements for preservation of marine environment and observe the discourse of ecology principles.
· Contemplate about the ecological perception of people in East Sea rim and sustainable living.
Contemplate about the various perception and institutional framework and provide a solution for achieving coordinated symbiotic relationship among the people living in East Sea Rim.
· Examine East Sea Rim through the perspective of human rights : life-centered and bio-politics
· Study East Sea as a public space : beyond the limits of state, ethnic, and discourse
· With East Sea as the base, research about ecological ethics and initiatives of ecological communities.
|Phases||Epistemology of East Sea Rim||East Sea Rim Regime||Ecology of East Sea Rim|
|1st Phase||East Sea and Region : Origin and Existence|
|East Sea awareness and perception towards East Sea and Historical Origin||Regime and Maritime System||Ecological Sytem and Eco-Politics|
|2nd Phase||East Sea and Interaction : Circulation and Changes|
|East Sea and Communication||East Sea and regional governance||Changes in ecological system and Ecological Communities|
|3rd Phase||East Sea Network : Self Organization and Articulation|
|Production and sharing of knowledge:East Sea Relational Network||New perception of regional order: East Sea Regional Network||Creation of symbiotic value: East Sea Ecological Network|
|Research & Studies||By hosting East Sea Regional Studies domestic and international conferences, colloquium, and expert forum it is expected to further enhance East Sea and East Sea rim studies. Also, such activities will onsolidate academic exchange among researchers and institutions which will become the basis for foundation of East Sea Rim research network.|
|Information Network||Establish <East Sea Rim Information Network> designed to collect valid and necessary data of the region and accumulate a reliable data-analyzed results for distributing it through world wide web service.|
|Educational Service||Develop and manage an educational curriculum in order to launch a regional studies course related to East Sea Regional Studies for college/graduate students and public citizens.|
|Publications||Make the public access and understand about any issues of East Sea region, and periodically and systematically publish books and journals for the scholars and students.|
|Exchanges & Cooperation||develop internship and research fellowship programs in order to make a large scale of research network in the world. By doing so, it would be possible to make <East Sea Rim Studies> as a generalized method to study a certain region.|
Supported by HK Agency of NRF and hosted every year participated by domestic East Sea region researchers and experts. The objective of the conference is to spread out internal interests and potential influence of East Sea Studies through contemplating East Sea regional network, social network, and ecological network.
Conference is centered by HK Project agenda and hosted every year participated by domestic and foreign researchers to share global understandings towards East Sea Region. Such conference aims to establish an international and globalized research-network of East Sea rim by fostering communication among different states and sharing academic knowledge by experts. Also, it will be interconnected with university curriculum to develop academy of East Sea Regional Studies and societal service programs.
Be hosted six times a year participated by East Sea Regional Studies researchers and experts to diagnose and analyze the changes that occurs in the region. Colloquium is a small academic seminar which will be run regularly. It will be organized by the HK Project researchers and related experts so as to formulate the methodology of East Sea Regional Studies and to actualize agendas them.
「East Sea Rim」(East Sea Regional Barometer) is an English e-journal to cover the diverse and diagnose issues and regional changes related to East Sea region. The topics will be focused regarding the researchers and experts view and development plan on the East Sea region.
|Main Theme||East Sea Region trends and analysis|
|Date of Issue||Quarterly/Free webzine service(Member subscribers only)|
|Content||Invited column, East Sea Region local domestic issues, and research trends|
The research center has been publishing East Sea Region Research Series through synthesizing related thesis. It aims to systematically introduce and organize East Sea Regional Studies by aggregating dispersed East Sea region's discussion and providing focal point.