Former Arirang TV CEO Sohn Jie-ae is moving to Los Angeles on Tuesday as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California School of Social Work.
She will be part of the Network of Korean-American Leaders Fellowship Program at the school's Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership, taking courses with second- and third-generation Korean-American professionals and teaching a class on cultural diplomacy through media next year.
"Many second- and third-generation Korean-Americans are active in entertainment and showbiz," Sohn said. "I hope there is something I can do to connect them with Korean firms, maximizing their potential to tap into Korean pop culture," which is sweeping across Asia and other parts of the world.
Sohn was a Seoul correspondent for the New York Times and CNN and later served as CNN Seoul bureau chief. She was president of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club and joined the government briefly as spokesperson for the G20 Seoul Summit in 2010.
"Many people think I've lived and received education abroad for quite a long time into my adulthood, but I haven't lived abroad since my return from the U.S. at the age of 12," said Sohn. "It's actually a big break for me and my family since I've been busy with my career for the last 30 years. I hope to use this opportunity to have more time with my children as well, so I'll take my two middle-school children with me."