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Kyoung-Ah Nam


Major Ethical Issues in the Field of Intercultural Relations: An Exploratory Study

Presenter(s): Kyoung-Ah Nam

Description: With the growing need for developing intercultural competence across fields and organizations worldwide, ethics is becoming a critical concern for intercultural scholars and practitioners. While the discussion of ethical issues in the intercultural field has been growing, no systematic study has been done identifying what the primary ethical issues are.The primary question for this research is: What are the major ethical issues facing in the field of intercultural relations? In this presentation, 1) we will discuss what we have identified as the primary ethical issues in the field of intercultural relations; and 2) provide supportive empirical evidence based on data gathered from key scholars and practitioners in the field. Given that there are few systematic empirical studies focusing on ethical issues in intercultural relations field, this study will contribute to our better understanding of what are the primary ethical issues identified by scholars and practitioners, and inform major policy and practice. - Method of delivery: Research presentation + Discussion + Q&A

Level: Intermediate

Delivery: Workshop

Track: Cross-Cutting Topics in Intercultural Relations

Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Dr. Nam is an Assistant Professor in the International Communication Program at American University's School ofInternational Service. She has more than 18 years of professional experience in cross-cultural communication,international education, intercultural training, and global leadership development in North America and in Asia. She has published widely in leading peer-reviewed publications and is a faculty member at the Summer Institute ofIntercultural Communication (SIIC). Originally from Korea, she has worked and/or traveled in more than 40 countriesover the last 15 years working with students and clients from Asia, Europe, and North America. She has extensiveexperience working with key international organizations and transnational corporations as an external client and as anemployee in Asia and North America, including the United Nations (New York), UNESCO (Bangkok), Samsung (Seoul), Ogilvy &Mather (Los Angeles), J. Walter Thompson (Los Angeles), and MindShare (Los Angeles). A partiallist of clients she has served includes American Councils for International Education, Boston Scientific, Caterpillar,Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, CH2M HILL, eBay, Fulbright, Fox Family Channel, GAP, Inc., ING, Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank, International Olympic Committee, John Deere, Korea International Trade Association, KPMG, LGElectronics, Mattel, Microsoft India, Novelis, Siemens, Samsung, Symantec, U.S. NAVY, and 3M. She has taughtcourses such as Cross-Cultural Communication, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership, InterculturalCommunication, Intercultural Leadership Development, Critical Issues in International Educational Exchange,Maximizing Study Abroad, and Korean Language and Culture at the University of Minnesota and ConcordiaUniversity. She served as a special correspondent for Radio Free Asia (Washington D.C.) for three years. She is anactive member of a variety of professional organizations including the Society for Intercultural Education Training andResearch (SIETAR), the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), and the Comparative andInternational Education Society (CIES). She presents regularly at national and international conferences and has alsopublished a number of articles. Dr. Nam holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in the field of OrganizationalLeadership, Policy, and Development. She is a certified Tucker Assessment Profile (TAP) Assessor and anIntercultural Development Inventory (IDI) administrator. She is currently based in Washington D.C. and is fluent in English and Korean.