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Economic Opportunities Make ASEAN and Korean Youths Perceive Each Other as Trustworthy

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Economic Opportunities Make ASEAN and Korean Youths Perceive Each Other as Trustworthy

- ASEAN-Korea Centre to organize the ´Roundtable Discussion on the Results of the Survey on Mutual Perceptions of ASEAN and Korean Youths´ -

- April 28, 2023 at 13:15 (KST) at Korea Press Center and live-streaming on AKC´s official YouTube channel -

The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Kim Hae-yong) will organize the ´Roundtable Discussions on the Results of the Survey on Mutual Perceptions of ASEAN and Korean Youths´ on 28 April, 2023 at the Press Room of Korea Press Center, Seoul. The Roundtable will present the findings of the 2022 Survey on Mutual Perceptions of ASEAN and Korean Youths conducted through focus group interviews (FGIs), which is a follow-up survey to the first quantitative research done in 2021. Speakers from the media, academia, government organizations, and youths will participate in the roundtable discussions to exchange views on the current perceptions of youths on ASEAN and Korea, as well as share ideas for shaping balanced and equal mutual perceptions and awareness among the youths of the two regions.

As the important role of youth has been emphasized for building a sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership between ASEAN and Korea, there is also a growing recognition on the need to build balanced mutual perceptions among the youths. As such, the ASEAN-Korea Centre implemented 2 survey projects (2021-2022) to identify the current status of mutual perceptions between ASEAN and Korea youths and to suggest ways for improving perceptions. The 2022 qualitative survey was implemented through FGIs with 147 youths of ASEAN and Korea, and was designed as a follow-up to the initial key findings from the 2021 quantitative survey. Three main areas were covered in the FGIs, specifically on the ▲perceptions of ASEAN and Korea, ▲youths exchanges between ASEAN and Korea, and ▲ASEAN-Korea cooperative relations.

Results from the 2022 survey identified that ASEAN and Korean youths showed differences in their mutual perceptions for one another, and that such differences stem from the imbalance in frequency and scope of exposure to information and content about one another. Meanwhile, youths of both ASEAN and Korea also regarded each other as trustworthy partners based on the recognition of abundant opportunities for economic cooperation as well as less political interests. However, despite such trust, youths still did not perceive each other as equal partners and thus may not prioritize cooperation with each other. This is due to their perceptions of different needs caused by differences in economic development and the lack of accurate recognition of each other´s values. To bridge such gaps, the survey publication highlighted some potential policy recommendations minimizing the asymmetry, providing quality contents that promote accurate perceptions and the promotion of collaborations and cooperation among relevant organizations, as well as increasing youth exchange programs.

To facilitate meaningful dialogue on the survey findings, the Roundtable will invite speakers from both ASEAN and Korea to exchange views and ideas on the research outcomes and suggested policy recommendations. In Session 1, panelists from the media, Embassy of Malaysia in Korea, academia, and youth will share their analysis of the key findings of the 2022 survey. Meanwhile, Session 2 invites panelists from the National Institute of International Education (NIIED) of Korea, ASEAN Secretariat, Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in Korea, academia and youth to discuss and share ideas on ways to build balanced and equal perceptions among the youths to support a sustainable ASEAN-Korea partnership.

The full report of the findings, published in both English and Korean, will be available on the AKC´s website (www.aseankorea.org), and motion graphics on the results of the survey will also be released on AKC´s official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/@akcsns).

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