Sunday, October 30, 2011

U.S. confirms pavilion at Yeosu Expo

The United States announced that it is joining the 108 countries and international organizations taking part in the 2012 Yeosu Expo.

The U.S. Embassy said that its pavilion will build upon the expo’s theme of “The Living Ocean and Coast,” and showcase the diversity, spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and commitment to sustainable development of the American people.

“This demonstrates the U.S.’ commitment to deepening our friendly ties and strengthening U.S.-Korea relations and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region,” the embassy’s press statement said.

The USA Pavilion 2012’s design and day-to-day operation will be led by explorer, environmentalist and social entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau Jr., grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

It will house a 12,000-square foot exhibit featuring the United States’ shoreline through displays and programs that highlight the diverse nature of America’s waters and coastal communities.

Focusing on the themes of diversity, wonder and solutions, the USA Pavilion is expected to reach millions of visitors through a host of technologies and storytelling.

A highlight of the American Pavilion experience for visitors will be interaction with student ambassadors.

In partnership with the University of Virginia, 40 college-aged American student ambassadors proficient in the Korean language will be selected to serve as representatives of the United States, engaging directly with visitors and supporting the operation of the USA Pavilion.

For more information on the USA Pavilion, visit or follow them on Twitter at

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