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Posted : 2010-03-29 18:40
Updated : 2010-03-29 18:40

Lee Soo-man Says Asia Becoming Culture Center


Lee Soo-man, former head of one of Korea’s largest entertainment agencies, S.M. Entertainment, gives a speech during the 2010 Harvard Asia Business Conference, Saturday.
/ Courtesy of S.M. Entertainment
Lee Soo-man, former head and currently the largest shareholder of S.M. Entertainment, shared his expertise and experience with businessmen and professors during the Asia Business Conference held at Harvard Business School, Saturday.

Lee gave a speech titled ``Don’t Try to Cut Your Ears’’ as a representative of the entertainment business of Asia.

The founder of one of the biggest entertainment agencies in Korea stressed the importance of Asia as an aspiring cultural market, and how it can move up to the next level with its creative content and innovative ideas.

In order to fulfill such tasks, Lee mentioned the need of more systemized education programs to nourish up and coming talent, which will lead to creativity and increased competitiveness.

Citing the example of artist Vincent Van Gogh, Lee explained that you don’t have to cut your ear to come up with masterpieces now. He argued that an effective education system and infrastructure should manage all types of people regardless of their upbringing, schools and age, and this will be the only way to nurture young talent with potential and further send them to compete with their counterparts around the world.

This is the third time that Lee has been invited to the event, while he has also gave speeches about global strategies of hallyu, or the Korean wave, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johnson School at Cornell University.

S.M. Entertainment was founded in 1995 by Lee, who was a singer during his university years, starting out with some of the most popular artists and groups including now disbanded H.O.T. and S.E.S. It is still considered as one of the powerhouses in the Korean entertainment industry, currently housing popular artists and groups such as Girls’ Generation, SHINee, BoA and Super Junior.

The 2010 Harvard Asia Business Conference, held by the Asian clubs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, invites Asian experts from different fields to take a look at future prospects and trends. This year was its 19th event.

sanghee@koreatimes.co.kr

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