In this 2007 interview, a western banker shares his experience of arriving in South Korea the day after Park Chung-hee was shot and doing business in the police state of that time.
This is a re-post satirizing arguments put forward against the Filipino Reproductive Health Bill, now being hotly debated.
This is an interview with a Korean feminist, followed by comments by expat executives on the situation of women in their Korean companies.
This is a 1991 interview with a young American who was working with the Maryknoll sisters in teaching English and offering emotional support to young, female factory workers in Korea. He discusses their backgrounds, working and living conditions, as well as the temptations to break out and the forces which keep them oppressed.
This is a 1991 interview with an Irish Catholic priest, a longtime resident of South Korea, on the subject of human rights and the 1980 massacre in Kwangju (Gwangju).
Student protest has a long tradition in Korea, in keeping with the Confucian idea of students as the conscience of society. In 1960 the student movement was a major factor in the overthrow of Pres. Syngman Rhee. After 1960, the student movement moved considerably to the left of its earlier liberal-democratic position. With much righteous indignation, the students claimed that the system was corrupt beyond reform, and they pointed to the military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee and Park’s Yushin Constitution, in which he proclaimed himself “president for life,” the slaughter of hundreds of citizens in the 1980 Kwangju Uprising and the illegitimacy of Chun Doo-hwan’s …