Keumjae Park of William Patterson University reviews Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea, by Bi-Wook Shin and Joon Nak Choi. The book examines how South Korea can work against its impending “brain drain” crisis by exploring four different groups of “global talent” that South Korea can engage to resolve this dilemma. The authors additionally offer a vision of the ways that social capital may stimulate “brain circulation” — the spreading of market information, diffusion of innovation, and facilitation of trust between different cultures and societies. Finally, the book points out important challenges Korean society itself must address if Korea can hope to create enabling social contexts for transnational bridging.
Read the book review at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/imre.12245/full