Going Slow to Build Resilience: Cittaslow in Korea's Rural Regions

35 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2023

See all articles by Karl E. Kim

Karl E. Kim

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Yu Min Joo

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

David Lee

Outer Labs

Date Written: August 03, 2023

Abstract

For remote rural regions, facing structural decline, the Cittaslow (Slow City) movement provides an alternative to conventional development strategies. This paper examines Cittaslow in South Korea, a country known for its fast-paced economic and urban development, with a case study on Cheongsando—the first community to receive the Cittaslow designation in Asia. Despite past research on Cittaslow in other countries, there has been little attention to its application in Korea. In contrast to Korea’s policy that has led to unbalanced regional development, we explain how Cittaslow is an adaptive planning strategy to build resilience in neglected rural areas. It is both a response to globalization and also a strategy for harmonizing local entrepreneurial behavior with state-assisted rural development. We argue that Cittaslow can be an effective place branding strategy for small communities and provides opportunities to enhance local identity, market appeal, and rural community development.

Keywords: Slow city, rural development, resilience, place branding, placemaking

Suggested Citation

Kim, Karl E. and Joo, Yu Min and Lee, David, Going Slow to Build Resilience: Cittaslow in Korea's Rural Regions (August 03, 2023). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 23-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4540070 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4540070

Karl E. Kim (Contact Author)

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI 96822
United States

Yu Min Joo

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

David Lee

Outer Labs ( email )

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
62
Abstract Views
176
Rank
646,093
PlumX Metrics