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Fully aware that delegates have gathered today to discuss and share ideas on worldly matters, Reminding all delegates to not only work hard over the next few days but also make new friends,



Welcoming all delegates to enjoy the pre-issue of The Seoulite. Anticipating a high quality of debate in all forums, 1. Asks all delegates to pick up an issue of The Seoulite every morning in their committees, 2. Suggests that delegates look for their photos in the paper and share a laugh with their friends, 3. Proposes that photographed delegates frame the newspaper and hang it up on their wall, 4. Strongly encourages all member nations to cooperate with reporters when they approach them for interviews, 5. Requests that delegates refrain from shrieking and running away at the sight of a reporter, 6. Wishes all delegates good luck in their respective forums, and 7. Promises to produce informative and entertaining issues over the next three days.


Seoul to hold G-20 Summit By HELEN SONG

Last year, Seoul was chosen to host the G-20 summit that will take place on November 11-12 of this year. Twenty-five nations and ten international organizations will congregate here in Seoul to discuss the world economy after the financial crisis. The summit is a meeting of the G-20, or the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. This group is made up of financial and political leaders from the top 20 economies of the world. G-20 summits are held to discuss issues on international financial stability and cooperate to find ways to solve them. The theme of the 5th G-20 summit is the post-financial crisis world. Leaders will discuss the world market and seek ways to strengthen it. As it is South Korea’s first time host-

ing such an important meeting, the Korean government is determined to make it successful. The government has invested a lot of time and money in preparing for the conference. Three artificial islands have been built on the Han River to serve as meeting facilities. Restaurants and a park are also set to be built on these islands for the summit members. As parts of the summit will take place in COEX, the mall will be closed down and the traffic around it stopped when the meetings are in progress. The Korean government has also been attempting to raise awareness of the summit among the citizens to encourage them to support the G-20 summit. Their advertising campaign also asks people to be friendly to the guests

who come to be a part of this summit. Despite the advertisements, the government’s summit plans have initiated much opposition from the people. Many are angry over the amount of money used to prepare for the conference. For example, 96.4 billion won was used to build the islands. Others also displayed frustration that the amount of traffic will increase because many of the important roads will be closed. Despite demonstrations and protests by the people, the government has pushed through with the summit and construction is now over. The financial and political leaders of Korea are looking forward to November to meet and hold discussions with leaders from other G-20 nations.

Keep in Mind:

First Impressions By SANGWON KIM When you veture into an MUN committee , one of the first things you recognize and investigate is the other delegates in your committee. They immediately give an impression of who they are to you, once you begin conversing. “First impressions are crucial,” said Diane Rhim, a senior participating in MUN this year. Delegates believe firmly in hardening a good “image” of themselves into other’s minds. “First impressions are everything to a savvy chair or delegate” said Kenny Kim, chair of the Human Rights Committee (HRC). Like Diane Rhim, he also agrees that indeed, first impressions are extremely important. “Not only must you impose onto them the best version of yourself, but you must be able to detect what kind of person the delegate or chair opposite to you is,” said Kenny Kim. In first impressions, it is important to realize that your opponent is a different kind of person. “I try to be scary so that they have a productive debate rather than fooling around,” said Olive Jung, chair of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). As a chair, she believes in reinforcing her authority and power, as to prevent the delegates from playing around. Most people are nervous when it comes

to a first experience at MUN. Therefore, it is relevant to hear from first-timers, looking forward to their first MUN conference. “I guess I’ll try to make a resolution that can be agreeable to a lot of delegates and nations,” said Angela Son, a freshman new to MUN this year. She, like other delegates her grade, consider their work an outlet of stating who they are. “The work I present to my fellow delegates will determine how they see me, and I think work is an important factor in first impressions,” said Yerin Kim, also a freshman. Presentation, as well as speaking has the immense power to let By AMY CHOI people know whether or not this delegate knows their subject, and whether or not they are intelligent. Other than work, delegates shed light on the issue of the more personal side of MUN. Friends and social connections are one of the biggest parts of

MUN, as you meet new people every day. “Making friends and establishing connections with peers is what MUN is about,” said Diane Rhim. “I’ll try to become friends with the delegates that are sitting nearest to me; I think that will be the best choice,” said Angela Son. Dress code may or may not be an important factor, depending on you. “If you dress sloppily, or if you dress fancily, if you stand out, then you’ve already given people an impression to think about,” said Yerin Kim. Meanwhile, Angela Son had opposing views, “I don’t think dressing matters that much at all, because basically everybody dresses the same way: formal. Unless you dress informally, I don’t think it matters too much.” Nevertheless, all of those interviewed agreed that first impressions have a lasting impact on the rest of the MUN experience.


Delegates tackle lobbying


By ELIZABETH SONG Scared? Nervous? Lack of support for a resolution during the lobbying session can cost its delegate the opportunity to main-submit, and with this pressure comes worry. Nevertheless, delegates can utilize several strategies to surmount such obstacles and become successful lobbyists. According to Annette Ahn, delegate of Finland in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), delegates must first possess knowledge about the issues in order to defend their resolutions from criticisms and answer any questions others may have. “Knowing as much as possible about your issue is the best method for lobbying,” said Annette. “Delegates at SEOMUN are really picky and question why you included a clause and such. As long as you give a good, thorough answer, they will decide to support you.” One way to show full under-


standing of the debate topics is to construct workable resolutions. “Even before a delegate begins to consider how he or she should persuade other delegates, she or he should have a viable, comprehensive resolution ready at hand,” said Debbie Rhim, assistant president of the Special Conference (SPC). “This is important because most delegates will scrutinize the resolution to see if there are any major loopholes.” However, demonstrating intelligence about MUN is not sufficient in luring cosubmitters. Getting out of one’s “comfort zone” and speaking out is equally important, even if it may hinder shyer delegates. “With a lot of main submitters, you


can’t be a ‘nice’ leader,” said Angela Cho, delegate of Bangladesh in the Human Rights Council (HR). “Last year, other main submitters spoke in loud voices and ‘forced’ delegates to sign the sheets. I tried to explain my resolution, but this ‘nice’ method wasn’t helpful because I almost couldn’t main submit [because of it].” Aside from confidence, the ability to socialize with others is also necessary. By giving a friendly first impression and forming quick friendships, delegates can attract others with their resolutions’ advantages. James Ham, deputy assistant for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) suggested ways to foster such lobbying skills. “Participate in mock sessions actively to build up confidence, and keep up to date with current events to have a strong grasp on the issues and the countries,” said James. “As long as you can stand tall, speak clearly, and take MUN seriously, people will listen to you.”

Chairs have homework, too By MILTON YOON

In order to avoid monotony when preparing for SEOMUN, delegates incorporated a mix of strategies other than practicing speaking skills, writing resolutions and debating to get their selves better accustomed to MUN. For instance, the Special Conference (SPC) held simple discussions about its three issues—instilling a long-term financial aid plan for disaster-stricken nations; fostering domestic businesses and commerce in developing countries; regulating and balancing fair and liberal international trade, including the encouragement of open markets. Delegates briefly presented their stances and discussed several solutions to the prob-

lems, advising each other in the process. “[The] discussion gave me more background knowledge for each topic,” said Kevin Han, delegate of Peru. “For example, talking about the third issue made me realize the importance of the Free Trade Agreement between [the US] and Canada.” Another committee that deviated from the common practice of debating was the Human Rights Council (HRC). Yuri Han, Assistant President, led delegates in a game of Jeopardy, in which they were tested on the fundamentals of MUN rules, terms and etiquette. The uniqueness of Yuri’s way of preparation came from her experience as a delegate. “When I was a delegate, I had a chair

who played only one game with us,” said Yuri. “That game stuck with me for the rest of my MUN career, and it helped me gain my confidence. Since we only have six people and have more time, I thought of ways to do activities and practice their basic skills like impromptu speaking and critical thinking.” For the delegates, the game of Jeopardy was a memorable approach to preparing for the actual conference on Nov. 4 to 6. “It was quite interesting,” said Kevin Chun, delegate of the Bahamas. “I didn’t know much about MUN, but from it, I learned about the standard parliamentary procedure.”





MUN delegates see

natural disasters in various ways BY JESSI KOO

There have been a number of extreme weather conditions, including the flooding in Pakistan and the torrential rains in China that triggered landslides and killed or displaced thousands of people. Model United Nation (MUN) delegates voiced their opinions on the natural disasters and how it affected the global community. “I think that nations all over the world regardless of their current economical situation should help Pakistan and China by providing financial aid, food supplies, and other needs. The disasters could have been preventable,” said Annette Ahn, delegate of Finland. “However, Pakistan and China did not have the necessary technology to help predict the weather accurately. They could not alert their citizens and help reduce the damage they face today.” James Ham, Deputy Assistant President for the International Court of Justice (ICJ), offered a more elaborate response that questioned the efficiency of the government and the need for an international agreement. “Disasters of such proportions are strong reminders of the unpredictable force of nature. They remind us that even with all our politics, economics, and sciences, the Earth still has the power to

extirpate our cities. If nature is our enemy, then we need to build defenses against it,” said James. “Unfortunately, only developed countries can afford such defenses; which brings us to what seems to be the main problem: do we or do we not create an internationally funded international agreement that can save the lives of people by helping one another prevent natural disasters.” Although not all delegates had the chance to express their thoughts during meetings, some committees discussed the issue on how the floods impacted the disaster-stricken nations as well as the surrounding nations. “We, as delegates from different nations, can work together to find the best solution for rescue missions and to restore damaged areas,” said Estevan Kim, delegate of Iceland. “During the discussion, some people thought that nations should share meteorological information, while others suggested that we share technology to build buildings and sewer systems that can effectively deal with disasters such as earthquakes or floods.” Estevan also came across interesting information regarding the floods. “There were a few hypotheses on

why these tragic events occurred. Some speculated that it was caused by the jet stream in Russia which prevented the airflow and thus, triggered the natural disasters. Humans are powerless against nature and can’t do a lot to prevent these catastrophes from happening,” said Estevan. “Nonetheless, even nations that have conflicts are willing to aid the disaster-stricken nations so willingly.” The perspective on world events varies on the delegations. Despite the different delegations students were assigned to, delegates had comparable opinions about feeling sympathy for the Pakistan and China flood victims as well as understanding the need for countries to work together and provide international help.

7 Schools help out Pakistan and China FOCUS

with Fund drives By John KIM

Jars, wrist bands, raindrops, and tie-dye shirts are just some of the sales that are going on in Seoul International School (SIS) to raise money for the flood that struck China and Pakistan just two months ago. UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity (HFH) are just some clubs that are helping with the money raising project. Donna Spisso, the coordinator and advisor of HFH noted how crucial it is to engage the students in these activities and get them to donate. Many UNICEF and HFH members dedicated their break periods and after school hours to selling merchandise to help aid Pakistan and China. “I want students to do By LINDA PARK as much as possible,” said Ms. Spisso. The “Jar-Wars” is a school-wide competition that involves 10-gallon jars to which each class in the high school adds bills and coins. To add points to their own class, a student adds money to the jar of another class. The winning class is awarded a pizza party. Jar-Wars is an example of a fundraiser that has been successful. “Activities such as “Jar-Wars” and

wrist bands are so helpful because that the students have fun while raising money,” said Isaac Kim (9), a UNICEF member. SIS is not the only school that is helping out Pakistan and China. The British International School of Vietnam is holding a clothes drive. The school board encourages students to bring in used clothing to send to the victims. Although student participation has been high so far, these activities may not raise enough awareness about the natural disaster. Many are not aware of the extent of the current situation in Pakistan and China. Theodore “Ted” Kim (12), HFH shines some light into the situation by creating posters. “The United Nations declared the flood as one of Pakistan’s worst disasters,” continues Ted. Even though a considerable amount of time has passed since the floods, the clubs still try their best to raise money and awareness for the two affected nations. Ms Spisso emphasizes that “It could be you tomorrow.”

Governments slow to react to crisis

By SANGWON KIM The countries of China and Pakistan have been struck mightily by natural disasters, such as flooding in China and heavy monsoons in Pakistan. Together more than 2,700 people have lost their lives, millions had to be displaced from their homes. Rainfall measured as high as 415 millimeters in some areas of Pakistan, and even up to 603 millimeters in Guangdong, China. Both countries were injured by both heavy rains and overflowing rivers. The issue at hand is not the disasters themselves, but whether or not the damage made could have been lessened. The reason that so many people were killed, so much damage was made, was because of the high

concentrations of people and development in the path of the disaster. Losses could have been reduced, but they weren’t, due to the lack of action from political heads. These governments have failed to take a strong interest in the issue of mitigating natural hazards. China and Pakistan are both countries with high developments, and are still developing rapidly. However, as a country grows taller, the harder it falls when it does. The cost in recovering from such disasters is far greater as a developed country. The damages caused by the storms are over 22 billion US dollars, or 152.4 billion Chinese yuan. The government is pouring

money into relieving those affected and aiding buildings affected by the disasters. Army-trained soldiers in China are trained to have the capability of rescuing and providing relief. Nevertheless, it seemed like the Chinese government fallen in the subject when their people lost faith in their abilities in dealing with disasters. Is the Pakistan government, in charge of over 170 billion people, beginning to fall after such disasters have struck blow after blow to their country? They have to adjust to the geographical dangers, and learn not only to take steps to prevent such disasters, but also react more quickly and efficiently if they do occur.

8 POINT OF INTEREST Committees use various methods to prepare for


In order to avoid monotony when preparing for SEOMUN, delegates incorporated a mix of strategies other than practicing speaking skills, writing resolutions and debating to get their selves better accustomed to MUN. For instance, the Special Conference (SPC) held simple discussions about its three issues—instilling a long-term financial aid plan for disaster-stricken nations; By SEAN KIM fostering domestic businesses Kevin Han, delegate of Peru. “For examand commerce in developing countries; ple, talking about the third issue made me regulating and balancing fair and lib- realize the importance of the Free Trade eral international trade, including the Agreement between [the US] and Canada.” encouragement of open markets. DelAnother committee that deviated from egates briefly presented their stances and the common practice of debating was the discussed several solutions to the prob- Human Rights Council (HRC). Yuri Han, lems, advising each other in the process. Assistant President, led delegates in a game “[The] discussion gave me more back- of Jeopardy, in which they were tested on ground knowledge for each topic,” said the fundamentals of MUN rules, terms

and etiquette. The uniqueness of Yuri’s way of preparation came from her experience as a delegate. “When I was a delegate, I had a chair who played only one game with us,” said Yuri. “That game stuck with me for the rest of my MUN career, and it helped me gain my confidence. Since we only have six people and have more time, I thought of ways to do activities and practice their basic skills like impromptu speaking and critical thinking.” For the delegates, the game of Jeopardy was a memorable approach to preparing for the actual conference on Nov. 4 to 6. “It was quite interesting,” said Kevin Chun, delegate of the Bahamas. “I didn’t know much about MUN, but from it, I learned about the standard parliamentary procedure.”

Summer programs bring a clear start to MUN By BONA KOO In order to get a head start on the upcoming MUN season, many delegates made their way to summer programs to gain valuable experience. The conferences involved discussing world events, passing resolutions, and of course, debating issues. The World Advisory Council to the United Nations (WACUN) program lasted for four days from July 19 to 22. Throughout the conference, delegates polished the skills that would help them shine later on. “It’s another experience that will help delegates and press members alike. I think that for MUN you need more experience to gain confidence, and WACUN can help you do that,” said Jasmine Park, a press reporter. Most of the people who attended summer conferences such as WACUN were completely new to the concept of MUN and needed a lot of practice. “Since the majority of the people were new, they searched for help at times to each other when they were stuck on some-

thing,” said Sangwon Kim, a press reporter. ting acknowledged from MUNOS, it did In another program called the Model not help him a lot. Jiho Kim, the delegate United Nations of Seoul (MUNOS), del- of Israel, said, “I don’t see why summer egates from all around programs help Korea debated ON isbecause even sues such as earthquakes though I got and desertification. recognized at MUNOS was a new MUNOS, I experience for Yoon Jo couldn’t get Sul a student from Gawon into MUN.” middle school. Yoon Jo, a In the end, delegate of the Environ- and WACUN can help you do that. summer proment committee (ENV) -JASMINE PARK grams were said, “Usually, I don’t considered research on my own to very usefind out about current isful and as sues or happenings. Due to MUNOS, I a wake-up-call to the delegates. learned a lot while examining the issues.” “These past few days were awakenUnlike most of the other delegates ing because it reminded me how close who considered summer programs as the MUN season was coming up and useful, some people thought differently. how it would all become reality soon,” One of the delegates, Jiho Kim, re- said Michelle Lee, a WACUN delegate. ceived an honorary award along with Kevin Chun. However, despite the fact of get-

I think that for MUN you need

more experience

to gain confidence,


Getting to know By jonathan yun Planning an entire SEOMUN conference is undeniably an arduous process. Jane Woo, the Secretary General, and Hanna Kim, the Deputy Secretary General, who prepared SEOMUN XIII, shared their opinions and expectations for this year’s conference. Both the SG and DSG have ample experience in Model United Nations. Jane has been to 19 conferences in total over the past four years and SEOMUN XIII will be her fourth and final conference. Hanna has attended over ten conferences and had almost all of her resolutions passed. Using their experiences, Jane and Hanna have implemented changes to improve SEOMUN. “We’re introducing quite a lot of changes this year,” said Hanna. “First and foremost, SEOMUN is changing venues from COEX to SKKU. This is unprecedented in SEOMUN history. While this change of venue mainly happened due to the G20 conference that takes place in COEX, it will be a fresh opportunity for students to experience a Korean college campus. In my opinion, it’s one of the many reasons that make this year’s SEOMUN extra special.” In addition to the change in venue, prelobbying sessions have been eliminated.

the SG and DSG

“We believe that lobbying should test delegates’ ability to flexibly work with new faces to devise a effective resolution,” continued Hanna.” By eliminating prelobbying this year, we’re preventing any sort of ‘teaming-up’ before conference.” The SG and DSG also expect SEOMUN XIII to be far better than previous conferences. “I expect for this SEOMUN to be very different from past SEMOUNs, not only because the venue is different but also because this is the largest SEOMUN has ever been. I expect there to be a lot of hecticness and excitement from everyone. As for the delegates, I expect them to treat this conference as if they were really at the UN and act as professional and diplomatic as possible. I hope every one of them will contribute to discussions and building solutions in some way. Hanna has also revealed information about two guests who will be attempting to make this year’s conference even more outstanding. “We have invited Dr. Paul Jhin from UN headquarters to be our keynote speaker. His goal to 500,000 computers to children around the world is


truly visionary. I can ensure he will provide us insightful lessons. Also, the renowned b-boy team, Extreme Crew, is performing in the closing ceremony.” Whereas Jane and Hanna are improving the quality of SEOMUN, they also think that the Model United Nation conferences are also enhancing themselves as individuals. “I’ve never devoted so much time and love into one activity in my life,” said Jane. “MUN has definitely made me a worldlier person, and I always think of MUN when I read CNN or BBC. Most of all, MUN has been crucial in building my skills as a leader.” Although preparing for SEOMUN is a difficult process, the SG and DSG have mentioned the underlying reason that keeps them motivated. “[The planning process is] definitely stressful. With millions of things to order, I have worked with Mr. Duncan (our advisor) and my administrative president Jay Park for hours and hours. But what keeps me going is the fact that SEOMUN is rewarding. I couldn’t make this conference happen without so many people’s help and I truly need to extend gratitude to countless number of people.”

Veterans serve as mentors for newcomers to MUN By MILTON YOON

With every school year passing, a whole group of seniors are gone and new freshman are introduced to MUN. With a lot of newcomers replacing the most experienced delegates and chair members, the rest of the MUN members have to help the freshmen get adjusted to their new MUN careers. Chair members do not go hard on the freshman in the beginning, but rather try to get them accustomed to the MUN environment. By WINSTON YOO “I usually don’t pick on them and lieve that these can be solved with time. make them feel horrible,” said SFS chair “ I wasn’t expecting them to [be great member Olive Jung. “But I try to get them from the beginning] since there’s a lot of used to the mock debate sessions that things about it that people have to have we do [for preparation for SEOMUN].” firsthand experience with in order to get The two common problems that the it,” said Six Party Talks chair Elsie Chung chair members believe freshman need (12). “When it comes to the writing, [I’m to tackle are writing well-structured honest]. It’s better to give direct, construcresolutions and having confidence tive criticism rather than buttering them when speaking. However, chairs be- up. I [also] talk to them and try to help

whenever they have questions.” Newcomers appreciate the help that they receive from their chair members. “When I first [became] a delegate, I really had no idea of what to do,” said freshman Yerin Kim. “However, the senior members helped me and my friends a lot. […] The best help I got from them was learning to stay confident and to speak up more.” Although some of the newcomers themselves do not feel that they are ready for the upcoming conference, the chair members are confident that they will do well. “I believe [that they are prepared for their first conferences],” said YISS senior Vivian Lee. “I was especially impressed with the ECOSOC committee and Special Conference during SSKYMUN. I really look forward in meeting those intelligent faces I saw in SSKYMUN once again!”



Words from the...

Deputy Assistant

President of the SPC By ELIZABETH SONG

This year’s SEOMUN is the first chairing opportunity for Debbie Rhim, Deputy Assistant President of the Special Conference (SPC). Debbie shares her anticipation for the upcoming conference as well as the methods she took to help herself and her delegates get ready to debate with students from all over the world. Q: How did you prepare yourself for the conference? A: As a Chair, I wrote reports on each issue of our forum, describing the issue, listing the major countries and NGOs [non governmental organizations] involved, defining special terms, creating a timeline of important events pertaining to this issue, and proposing solutions. Q: How did you prepare your SPC delegates for the conference? A: We have been preparing for the conference for the last few months by having mock debates and writing speech outlines. Q: What are your general expectations for the conference? A: I expect that my delegates will participate actively in both the lobbying session and actual debates. Not only should they earn unique academic experience as international diplomats, but they [should] also get to know students from various cultural backgrounds. As for me, I am hoping that my first official Chairing experience will run smoothly like [in] previous mock debates. Q: What last pieces of advice do you have for your delegates? A: Be confident, and don’t forget to enjoy your time at SEOMUN!

BY eunice lee

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Dumbfounded and hopelessly lost in Wonderland, Alice asks the Cheshire cat for guidance, but he leaves her even more clueless than she already is with vague, indefinite answers: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “It doesn’t much matter which way you go.” “You’re sure to [get somewhere], if only you walk long enough.” In many ways, we’re just like Alice. We’re forced into a world where everything is unpredictable and unprecedented, whether we like it or not. We cannot choose to not be born, and we cannot tell the future—we are just as lost as Alice is in Wonderland, and as humans we’re left frustrated and annoyed. In other words, we need someone to give us a sense of direction; we need the Cheshire cat to point “That Way” instead of being so frustratingly ambiguous and imprecise. However, the story is set in Wonderland for a reason—Wonderland is fantasy land; it is completely fictional. The Cheshire cat is nothing but a character, a picture in an illustrated storybook, a couple thousand light and dark pink pixels on the silver screen. The cold truth no one wants to acknowledge is this: there is nothing, simply nothing, that can assertively point you “That Way”. At the end of the day, the Cheshire cat is not you; it cannot guide the path you take through life. It is merely a visual representation of your insecurities about what is held for you in the future. It is only natural to detest the feeling of being lost, but realize that the only person that can point you “That Way” is you. So don’t be insecure. You’re going to have to go “That Way” anyway; as the Cheshire cat says, you’re going to get somewhere if you walk long enough. And realize that “That Way” for every individual is different. So if you want to make a living out of swimming with dolphins at Sea World, go do it. If you want to start a Harry Potter cult to show your passions for J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, go do that. It doesn’t matter how bizarre “That Way” may be. If you want to develop a high-tech atomic bomb, go do that. Just make sure you clean up after yourself.




ILLUSTRATED jeanne han








The Seoulite Volume 13 Issue 1  
The Seoulite Volume 13 Issue 1  

The pre-issue of the student-run newspaper that covers the goings-on at Seoul Model UN.