Author Don Southerton Announces Release of New Pictorial History Showcasing Korea's First Trade Hub

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Don Southerton announces the release of a new pictorial history titled Chemulpo to Songdo IBD: Korea's International Gateway. The book showcases 125 years of commerce, trade, and interaction in the nation's first foreign trade hub, Incheon. The bilingual work is author Don Southerton's latest writing on Korea and weaves key historic events with photographs and first-hand accounts, past and present.

Don Southerton announces the release of a new pictorial history titled Chemulpo to Songdo IBD: Korea's International Gateway. The book showcases 125 years of commerce, trade, and interaction in the nation's first foreign trade hub, Incheon. The bilingual work is author Don Southerton's latest writing on Korea and weaves key historic events with photographs and first-hand accounts, past and present.

Located on the western coast of Korea, Incheon has played a significant role in the history of the region since the late 19th century. Once called Chemulpo, as Korea opened its borders to the West, the backwater port quickly became home to a diverse group of foreign merchants, traders, entrepreneurs, and sojourners.

A century later, under the direction of Mayor Ahn Sang-soo and the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, the city's waterfront region is again becoming an international community and center for business and trade. The book also highlights Songdo IBD, a 10-year project being developed by Gale International and POSCO E&C. The project seeks to make South Korea the preeminent business hub of East Asia.

Southerton notes, "With the world turning its attention to the Incheon Global Fair and Festival and the Grand Opening of Songdo International Business District sharing the port's rich heritage is timely."

In researching the book, the author explains, "Photographs from archives in Korea and the U.S. have been included, along with engaging stories about daily life in the port town from the past 125 years. To best showcase the port's early progress, many of the photographs have been digitally reproduced from the original plates shot over 100 years ago."

Finally, Southerton points out that the book shares the role of the foreign community in humanitarian efforts and the introduction of new technologies and innovations.

On August 6, 2009, a formal release will take place at a media and VIP event held in South Korea followed by events in the U. S.

The global release of Chemulpo to Songdo IBD: Korea's International Gateway is sponsored by Gale International.

About the Author
Don Southerton has held a life-long interest in Korea and its rich culture. His previous books center on culture, entrepreneurialism, and early U.S.-Korean business ventures. Southerton also extensively writes and comments on modern Korean business culture and its impact on global organizations. His firm, Bridging Culture Worldwide, provides consulting and training to Korea-based global business.

Media preview of the book and select photographs are available by contacting the author.

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