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Fri, February 3, 2023 | 09:29
Rise of Lotte Group and modern Korea
News of the arrest of the oldest daughter of the Lotte Group founder for suspected bribery and other misdeeds represents the latest chapter in the ongoing saga about the nation’s fifth-largest conglomerate, or chaebol.
Brexit's spotlight on Korean history
As parts of the world are trying to recover from the shock of the so-called Brexit, or British exit from the European Union (EU), we are reminded again of the power of nationalism. A complex mix of concerns seems to have driven the vote to leave the European common market, but at its core was the resurgence of English nationalism.
Tiananmen and the power of history
We are about to mark the 27th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pro-democracy protesters in China's capital city. When I say “we” I am speaking in general terms, but this would exclude the people in China today, who are forbidden from even mentioning this event.
May 18 Gwangju Uprising recreated in cinema
The Gwangju Uprising began 36 years ago, on May 18, 1980. It remains one of the signal moments in the history of modern Korea and of South Korean democratization.
South Korean views about US: a matter of historical perspective
Last week, a new commander of the U.S. Forces in Korea took office, pledging to strengthen the 70-year military alliance between the two countries. Interestingly, exactly 10 years ago, in early May of 2006, there arose fierce clashes between police and protestors resisting the appropriation of their land for an American military base.
Regionalism in elections and Korean history
Upon first glance the map of the 2016 general election results for the National Assembly looks similar to recent ones, in which the contiguous territory of the conservative party’s geographical strongholds looks like the Hangul vowel “eo.”
First National Assembly elections in 1948
The upcoming 20th National Assembly election inspires thinking about the very first such election, in 1948, which took place even before the Republic of Korea existed.
March 1 Independence Movement
This year marks the 97th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement of 1919, an occasion celebrated in both Koreas, though to different degrees, as a testament to the yearning for freedom from Japanese colonial rule. In South Korea every year solemn observances and colorfully-staged, dramatic re-enactments around the country simulate the nationwide eruption of demonstra...
Lessons from the lists of the past
You will never find me, an intellectual whose profession depends on the spread of knowledge and understanding, favoring a suppression of information. As a historian of Korea, I am particularly in favor of uncovering the hidden or negative aspects of the Korean past, regardless of how uncomfortable this might be. Such transparency and openness can only strengthen a democratic ...
Historical origins of Korea's political corruption
As we head toward parliamentary elections in April, there is the usual scramble among politicians to break away from, rearrange, and construct new alliances. This endless cycle of party formation and destruction has characterized South Korean politics since liberation in 1945.