After reading a novel about the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement, the writer sets off to the city where it all unfolded in order to discover the event's meaning for himself.
S. Korea's democratization is remembered through a few big names, mostly men. But there are many more who fought without being remembered.
A growing number of conservatives are competing against the anti-Park Geun-hye protests by holding their own "Taegeukgi Rally" to "defend democracy."
Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon is in Korea, dutifully performing certain political rituals in a sign that presidency is still very much a feudal institution.
I am of the opinion that South Korea’s current climate of repression will continue to worsen over the next two years in the run-up to the Dec. 2017 presidential election. But I hope that this government will choose to continue its course of constructive engagement with the media and writers of all stripes.