ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

May 9, 2003

Dennis P. Halpin,
ICAS Fellow

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Dennis P Halpin has been named, ICAS Fellow , effective immediately. Dennis is currently Professional Staff on East Asian Issues, Committee on International Relations (Majority), U S House of Representatives.

Below is his brief vitae:

Employment Experience:

March 2003 - Present: Professional Staff, East Asian Issues, House Committee on International Relations (Majority)

1977 - 2003: Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State

July 2000 - March 2003: Pearson Fellow assisting with Asian issues, House Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

September 1998 - July 2000: Analyst for United Nations issues, Office of Global Issues, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State, Washington, D.C.

June 1996 - August 1998: Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Chief, Consular Section, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China. Supervised approximately ten American and twenty Chinese national employees.

July 1995 - June 1996: Unit Chief of External Political Affairs, Political Section, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China

September 12-16, 1996: Attended, as an unofficial U.S. Government observer, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-sponsored investment seminar in the Free Economic Trade Zone (FETZ) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Rajin-Sonbong, DPRK.

August - September 1995: U.S. Embassy coordinator for the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women, Beijing, China.

July 1993: U.S. Embassy note-taker for the first Summit Meeting between President William J. Clinton and Republic of Korea President Kim Young Sam, the Blue House, Seoul, Korea.

1989-93: Principal Officer and Consul, U.S. Consulate, Pusan, Korea. Supervised four American employees and approximately forty Korean national employees at a U.S. Government Overseas Mission.

1987-89: Political officer responsible for Asian issues (primarily Afghanistan and Cambodia), Office of United Nations Political Affairs, Department of State, Washington, D.C.

1985-87: Cambodia analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State, Washington, D.C.

1983-85: Served as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Toronto, Canada.

1978-82: Served as a consular officer and a political officer at the U.S. Embassy, Seoul, Korea.

1976-77: English language instructor in Adult Education Program, Oakton Community College, Morton Grove, Illinois.

1974-75: Editor, Commerce Clearing House, Chicago, Illinois.

Summer 1974: Intern, Associated Press, Chicago.

1971-73: U.S. Peace Corps English language instructor, Kyunghee University and Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

Educational Background:

August 1994 - June 1995: Attended the Taipei Field Language School of the Foreign Service Institute studying Mandarin Chinese. (Had previously attended one year of Chinese language training at the Foreign Service Institute, Arlington Hall, Virginia in 1993-94.) Graduated in Taipei in June 1995.

March - July 1985: Attended training course for Middle Level Foreign Service Officers at the Foreign Service Institute, Rosslyn, Virginia.

September 1979 - June 1980: Attended the Korean Language Institute (KLI) at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. (Had previously attended one year of Korean language training at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Rosslyn, Virginia in 1977-78.) Graduated from KLI in June 1980.

August 1975 - August 1976: Attended Graduate School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Obtained a Master of the Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in August 1976. Studied one year of conversational Japanese at the University of Illinois.

August 1973 - May 1974: Enrolled in Columbia University School of Journalism, New York. Graduated with a Master of Science degree in May 1975. Studied one year of conversational Japanese at Columbia University.

November 1970 - February 1971: Studied Korean culture, history, and language at the Peace Corps Training Center in Hilo, Hawaii, and the East/West Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.

1969 - 1970: Attended Loyola University of Chicago. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in political science and history, June 1970.

August 1968 - January 1969: Participated in the junior year semester abroad program, Rome Center, Loyola University of Chicago, Rome, Italy. Studied ancient Roman history and culture and conversational Italian.

1966 - 1968: Attended St. Benedict’s College, Atchison, Kansas; majored in political science and history.


1999: Group Superior Honor Award for work in the visa section of the American Embassy in Beijing.

1993: Received humanitarian award from the Pearl S. Buck Foundation of Korea for service to the Amerasian community.

1992: Group Superior Honor Award, U.S. Consulate, Pusan, Korea.

1991: Nominated by Ambassador Donald Gregg for the Director General’s Reporting Award, Department of State.

1990-91: Elected as President of the Tongbaek International Rotary Club, Pusan, Korea. Received certificate of appreciation from Rotary International for term of service.

1989: Group Superior Honor Award, Office of UN Political Affairs, Department of State.

1983: Meritorious Step Increase awarded for political reporting on the Korean university student and dissident movement following the Kwangju Incident of 1980.

October 1979: Received the Speaker of the South Korean National Assembly’s cup (first prize) in the Korea Herald newspaper’s Korean language speech contest for foreigners, Seoul, Korea.

Congressional Related Travel:

April 2001: Accompanied Staff Delegation led by Lester Munson of the International Relations Committee to South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

August 2001: Accompanied International Relations Committee Communications Director Sam Stratman to Taipei to make preparations for Chairman Hyde’s public remarks on "Taiwan as a Model for Chinese Democracy."

January 2002: Accompanied Congressional Delegation led by Representative Tom Lantos to China, Hong Kong and Japan.

March-April 2002: Accompanied Staff Delegation led by Doug Anderson of the International Relations Committee to Beijing, Northeast China along the DPRK border, and Seoul.

August 2002: Accompanied Staff Delegation led by Doug Seay of the International Relations Committee to China, including Tibet, at the invitation of the National People’s Congress.

December 2002: Accompanied Chairman Henry J. Hyde and a Congressional Delegation on a visit to Japan and China (Beijing and Shanghai.)

April 2003: Led a Congressional Staff Delegation to the Republic of Korea (Seoul, Pusan, Chinhae, Western Corridor north of Seoul, Tongduchon.)

Civic Associations:

February 2000 - Present: Knights of Columbus, Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Pusan Tongbaek International Rotary Club, 1989-93.


Fluent in Korean language (FSI high test, June 1993: S-4, R-3+); Professional level in Mandarin Chinese (FSI high test, June 1995: S-3, R-3). Have studied French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese in the past.


"Human Rights in North Korea: Let the Sun Shine In," presented at the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Fall Symposium, October 11, 2001. (See www.icasinc.org)

"Human Rights in South Korea: Confucian Humanism versus Western Liberalism," presented at the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS Spring Symposium, May 8, 2002. (See www.icasinc.org)


Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow