Tae Yang Kwak

Tae Yang Kwak

Tae Yang Kwak received his PhD from the East Asian Languages and Civilizations department at Harvard University, specializing in modern and contemporary Korean history. He is currently a professor an

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The Failure of Women Cross DMZ

30 women from 15 countries crossed the DMZ dividing the two Koreas on 24 May 2015, under the banner of Women Cross DMZ. For months leading up to the crossing, I was excited by the promise of something grand. However, like many others, I was disappointed by the tepid conclusion.

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History Guides the Future in South Korea's Latest Blockbuster

Poster of Ode to My Father (Source: CGV) Three uniformed South Korean high school students mercilessly heckle a South Asian migrant laborer in contemporary Busan. Seeing this, an elderly Korean man flies into a rage against them. The privileged youngsters are oblivious to the fact that the old man, Deok-soo,