The Association of American State Offices in Korea

U.S Commercial Service 한국무역협회 한국수입업협회 한미경제협의회 USESRA 대한상공회의소 USATO KBLA



The Association of American State Offices in Korea (ASOK) was established on the 21st November 1989 to promote the common interests of US state offices located in Korea.

The objectives for which ASOK is established are as follows



To promote a positive image of the State Offices.

To promote cooperation between state offices in areas of mutual interests that include :
reverse investment, export trade, education, cultural exchanges, tourism and other activities normally carried out by state governments.

To collect, evaluate and disseminate information of common interest to states.

To associate and cooperate with other organizations sharing mutual interests.

To do any and all other things incidental or related to the attainment of the above objects.


ASOK maintains the secretariat which has the responsibility to develop the above objectives, and make efforts to accomplish the ASOK goals and objectives in cooperation with the US Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea and the concerned Korean Government agencies


Secretary General


Mr. J Gregory Briscoe, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy
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U.S.A map
  • Arkansas Economic Development Commission Asia Office
  • Delaware Department of State Korea Office
  • GA: State of Georgia Korea Office
  • Jobs Ohio Korea Office
  • LA: Louisiana Economic Development Korea Office
  • MO: State of Missouri Korea Office
  • MS: State of Mississippi, Korea Rep. Office
  • NC: State of North Carolina Korea Office
  • OR: Korea Representative Office, State of Oregon
  • PA: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Korea Office
  • SC: South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • TN: State of Tennessee Korea Office
  • VA: Fairfax County EDA, Virginia
  • VA: The Commonwealth of Virginia, Economic Development Partnership Korea Office
  • Washington State Economic Development
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Korea Office
  • _Port(VA): Virginia Port Korea Office


30th Anniversary of ASOK

ASOK had its 30th Anniversary Luncheon inviting US Ambassador to Korea, Harry Herries and Korea Government and Industrial leaders on Jan. 15, 2020 at the Coex Intercontinental Hotel.

Mr. SS Cho, Chairman of ASOK presented the Certificate of Appreciation to US Ambassador to Korea, Harry Herris.


ASOK Plaque Presentation

Presented to : Doug Jacobson,Commercial Officer / Mitch Larsen,Counselor for Commercial Affairs

2017 ASOK-KoreaBIO M.O.U.

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between ASOK and KoreaBIO



ASOK Plaque Presentation to Ambassador Lippert

On January 12, 2017, U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippert received an appreciation plaque from the Association of American State Offices in Korea (Chair, Hyun-Sook Kim) for his persistent/successful efforts to create business opportunities between the United States and Korea. ASOK is the only U.S. State-level organization in Korea, consisting of seventeen U.S. State government offices.

2016 ASOK-KCCI Invest Seminar


2016 SelectUSA Korea Biopharma FDI Promotion Event

Following eight US States participated at the March 30 SelectUSA Korea Biopharma event. 

  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Pensylvania
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
ASOK New Year Luncheon 2016

ASOK New Year Luncheon 2016 ASOK members and attendees with ( US Embassy Commercial Section and nongmugwa , Korea International Trade Association, the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry , MOTIE, MOFA, KOTRA,  Bio Association, an honorary member of ASOK ) .

New Year 2014 ASOK

New Year 2014 ASOK member states and attendees with ( US Embassy Commercial Section and nongmugwa , Korea International Trade Association, the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Importers Association , Small Business Corporation , Bio Association, an honorary member of ASOK ) .


The Association of American State Offices in Korea (ASOK), through its collective membership activities, provides its individual members with unparalleled networking and promotional opportunities in Korea; opportunities simply not accessible by any one organization operating alone.

ASOK’s principle goal is to enhance the efforts of our individual members by collectively working with other major associations in Korea. The ASOKSecretariat works on a number of specific initiatives. To further promote its members, ASOK publishes an annual membership directory in Korean.

The ASOK Secretariat distributes the ASOK Membership Directory free of charge to major multiplier associations including regional Chambers, regional KITA (Korea International Trade Association) Offices, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Offices and others throughout Korea. The directory is also freely passed out to all interested business representatives at events in which ASOK participate. An online version of the directory may be seen in the “Membership List” section of our homepage.

ASOK also participates at numerous trade shows in Korea and annual roundtable seminars and discussions with major associations and industrial organizations. ASOK also holds a joint investment seminar regularly, twice a year, in coordination with the Korea International Trade Association and the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

ASOK Membership benefits :

Inclusion in the annual ASOK Membership Directory

Inclusion in the ASOK Homepage (with a link to your homepage)

Ongoing updates on all ASOK activities (via email)

The option to participate in ASOK trade and investment promotional events

The option to participate in ASOK bimonthly meetings and special events

The option to participate in the ASOK annual conference with Korean multiplier associations