UW-Barron County student to offer insights into Korean peninsula tensions

By UW-Barron County

A UW-Barron County student will share his first-hand perspective on the current North Korean missile crisis and offer his ideas on what will need to happen for North and South Korea to one day unify and live in peace.

Yongha Hwang will present “The North Korean Nuclear Threat and U.S. – South Korea Alliance,” on February 1, noon to 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). His talk is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Performance and Lecture Series.

“I plan to outline the nature of the menacing gestures from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and their motivations for developing nuclear capability,” said Hwang, known as “Eric” by UW-Barron County staff and students.

Last summer, he worked as intern with the South Korean Delegation to the United Nations in New York City, serving on the International Legal Affairs Team. Based on that experience, Hwang will examine how the international community is trying to calm tensions throughout Asia and beyond. The sophomore from Gwangju City, South Korea also will propose a future-oriented merger plan for the two countries, which separated in 1948.

In September, Hwang was appointed by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to the National Unification Advisory Council, which will explore the possibility of peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula. He is the youngest person to serve on the council. He also has worked as an Honorary Policy Secretary at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (the legislative branch in South Korea).

Hwang is the first international student to be elected President of the UW Colleges Student Governance Council, which advocates for students at all 13 two-year colleges in the state. He is studying political science and industrial engineering and plans to transfer to UW-Madison.

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker