On April 23, 2021, the YCAPS University Chapter held its fourth webinar, “The Path from Foes to Friends - Understanding Conflict Resolution and Social Innovation in Northeast Asia”. This event was hosted as a joint webinar with WAPEKO, the official alumni association for the CAMPUS Asia ENGAGE program.
Students with diverse backgrounds participated in the webinar, which was presented by three guest speakers from different countries within the region. Dae-Young Kim, an undergraduate student from Korea University, discussed historical and recent issues on conflict resolution in Northeast Asia, while Luo Linfeng from Peking University shared his views on the topic of “The Great Rejuvenation” giving historical, cultural and political context for Chinese Nationalism. Following their remarks, Kenmaru Nicolás Suedomi, the founder of WAPEKO, shared his views on “Japan-US economic relations for conflict resolution in East Asia”.
The highly interactive Q&A session included discussions with both participants and speakers, highlighting issues such as similarities and differences of diplomatic standpoints, adaptation of western ideas, and public sentiments between the three countries. Such active discussions highlighted the importance of the topics as students showed their interest in the changing landscape of Conflict Resolution and Social Innovation in Northeast Asia.