The International Communication Foundation (ICF) is a nonprofit cultural foundation established in 1982 by YBM, in an effort to globalize Korean literature and promote international communication and exchange.
Since its foundation, the ICF has supported the advancement of Korean literature abroad and promoted Korean Literature and culture to the world with the goals of globalizing Korean literature and furthering international exchange.
In order to achieve these goals, the ICF established funds and launched professorships in Korean literature at Harvard University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Oxford, which in turn have enabled these institutions to conduct research and lectures on Korean literature.
The ICF has also been supporting the publication of AZALEA by the Korea Institute at Harvard University since its creation in 2007. AZALEA, which is the first English journal on Korean literature and culture, has been published annually. It is used as course material for Korean literature courses at several universities overseas.