The Truth About the U.S.-Korea Institute

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published four books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                          It has been alleged in the Korean newspaper the Korea Times that the reason
why the South Korean government had cut off all funding was because the U.S.-Korea Institute 
(which is a think tank at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies)
had not submitted any financial reports to the South Korean government. This is patently untrue.
According to the institute, when the question of the institute’s expenditure had been raised by the
South Korean National Assembly, the institute had prepared regular annual reports about where
the spending goes. Further, as part of U.S. law, the institute had also done an internal audit of
the institute and presented this information to the National Assembly. One must ask South Korean
President Park Geun-hye’s administration had no problem with the U.S.-Korea Institute? Current
institute chairman Robert Gallucci explained that the South Korean government funding was cut off
because the institute would not fire its director Jae Ku and assistant director Jenny Town—both
political conservatives in the institute. THIS is the truth of the situation; the South Korean government
with a political leftist viewpoint having no tolerance for those who have opinions different from their
own. As a result, almost the entire U.S.-Korea Institute is being forced to shut down. It makes me
so sad that one of the most important lessons that has yet to be learned in South Korea is that 
independence of organizations, political parties and academic institutions must have their 
independence to do what they do respected to prevent an informational as well as political and
social dictatorship.