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Leif-Eric Easley discusses issues of Korean and U.S. identity


A South Korean soccer fan smiles as he watches a live TV broadcast of a 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match against Nigeria in Durban, at the Seoul City Hall Plaza, June 23, 2010.
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In the case of the Korean Peninsula, what is the possible political significance of soccer? How do South Koreans view the United States, especially vis-à-vis North Korea's nuclear program? Leif-Eric Easley, the 2010-2011 Northeast Asian History Fellow at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, answered these and other identity-related questions in a recent news brief published by the University of Southern California's Korean Studies Institute (KSI). Easley is a former visiting fellow at KSI and has contributed to previous news briefs dealing with inter-Korean relations and South Korean politics.