Tag: South Korea

A New Direction for South Korea

In April, South Korea’s former President Park Geun-Hye was impeached and charged with bribery, coercion, abuse of power, and leaking state secrets. Her trial began on May 23rd with her denial of any wrongdoing, despite overwhelming evidence against her. Included…

More Than Just A Game: The Soft Power Politics of Sports and the 2018 Olympic Games

There has always been an inherent connection between sports and politics. In 19th century Britain, there was a movement known as “muscular Christianity” that emphasized the importance of schoolyard games and bolstering fair play to mold “future guarantors of the Empire.”…

Understanding South Korea’s Presidential Elections

On May 9th, South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in, a liberal candidate, to succeed Park Geun-hye’s conservative government. This election was a significant turn away from what could have threatened South Korean democracy once again. For half a century now, South Koreans…

Asia-Pacific International Security

In recent years, security concerns in the Asia-Pacific region have risen to the forefront of national headlines. This region remains a battlefield of military showmanship, rising economic power, and governmental scandals – a goldmine of political debate. The South China…

THAAD: A Tale of Four Countries

Amidst western cacophony surrounding the rise of a new radical right in European elections, a new U.S. travel ban, and the unveiling of Republicans’ now-defeated bill to repeal Obamacare, on March 6, 2017, two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)…

David Adjaye and Living Architecture

Despite its aesthetic affectations, urban architecture is far from a politically-detached art form. The city, as an organic entity unto itself and tangible representative of human civilisation, acts as both facilitator of inclusion and aggravator of inequality, often simultaneously. The…

Keeping Up with the Parks: All You Need to Know About Korea’s New Reality Show

A whole new bewitching Korean soap opera has completely redefined horizons for many K-drama fans worldwide. With unthinkable plot twists and a cast like never seen before, this scandalous reality series is fast-paced, provocative, and painfully nonfictional. Just in case…

South Korean MPs Break World Record for the Longest Filibuster in History

Every March 1st is Independence Movement Day in Korea, which commemorates the historic civil uprising in 1919 against Japanese imperial rule. But this year’s commemoration marked more than a statutory holiday, as hundreds of thousands of people gathered to observe…

An exploding North Korea: unifcation talks spurred by catastrophe

After a major H5N1 (Bird Flu) outbreak, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea fell into disrepair with Kim Jung Un’s execution and the rise of civil war. This was compounded by a widespread famine caused by the H5N1 epidemic which left…

Gender Discrimination in South Korea

Confucianism was, and still is, deeply rooted in South Korea’s society. One particular theme is patriarchy where each gender has its own role in a family. Family is an important functioning unit of society in South Korea; the society functions like a big family in…