Seung Hee Lee
Class of 2020
I’m Seung Hee and I am from South Korea. I was born in South Korea, but mostly raised in Indonesia. I lived in Jakarta for 12 years prior to joining Yale-NUS College in 2014. I initially started off my academic career with a strong focus in biochemical and physical sciences, but the liberal arts program at Yale-NUS has offered me to think otherwise. As a Global Affairs major, I am mainly interested in examining the role of global corporations in a world that is becoming increasingly more compressed yet ever more dynamic. This academic focus has led me to engage with corporate opportunities around the world, the most recent one being in Osaka, Japan, whereby I participated as an intern to devise strategies for global talent acquisition and develop training schemes to allow employees to better engage with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) goals.
I currently speak four different languages– Korean, English, Spanish, and Indonesian– which I owe to the privilege of being brought up in a diverse cultural setting. Outside of class, my main interest lies in golf, which I took to joining the Yale Men’s Club Golf Team during my semester of exchange at Yale.
My main research interest lies in examining how corporations can influence the political affairs of a given country, such as in crafting policy outcomes and governing elections. I specifically address this question in the context of South Korea in my capstone project, whereby I seek to examine how political endorsement by South Korean Chaebols may motivate a change in the public’s voting behavior.