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South Korea’s Identity Gap: Diverging Views on North Korea

By and | January 23, 2017

How close do South Korean youth feel to North Korea vis-a-vis their older compatriots? What do they think about the reunification of a nation long divided? Reviewing the latest survey data and fresh evidence from qualitative interviews, Phillip Lee and Steven Denney confirm what many have long suspected: a growing identity gap.

South Korean Democracy: Consolidated or Not?

By | December 07, 2016

Recent research suggesting rapidly declining youth support for democracy in Western states triggered a debate in the New York Times and elsewhere. The decline was found to be real, but not terribly dramatic. What is the situation in South Korea?

South Korean Identity: The Return of Ethnic Exclusivism?

By | October 28, 2016

It is both necessary and interesting to take regular snapshots of identity. South Korea just did so. The “Korean identity survey” was conducted for the third time in 2015, and the results have now been published. Steven Denney parses the data.

Yongusil 86: AKS Colloquium and Sources of Identity Change in South Korea

By | August 25, 2016

On August 26, Steven Denney presents preliminary findings based on his survey research on the sources of national identity change in South Korea at the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) colloquium for overseas scholars studying Korea.

Dong-A Ilbo Sees Minjoo Party at a Crossroads

By | August 12, 2016

The Minjoo Party is at a crossroads, argues the Dong-A Ilbo. The paper recently published an editorial outlining what is at stake in the ongoing main opposition party leadership race. Steven Denney translates.

North Korean Nationalism: Lessons from Pyongyang

By | June 08, 2016

What is North Korean nationalism? Is it the same as the South Korean variant? In a new essay, Steven Denney pauses to reflect on a recent trip to the DPRK, and considers the answers to both of these questions.

That Which Divides Us: Filibusters, Security Bills, and the NIS

By | February 26, 2016

This week, the Minjoo Party used a parliamentary veto — the filibuster — to stall voting on a controversial anti-terrorism bill. Steven Denney examines the process by which the bill was nearly brought to a vote, and looks at polling data on what people thought of the opposition tactic.

Yongusil 81: From Taipei to Seoul, The Wisdom of Comparison

By | February 08, 2016

Opportunities for comparison between Taiwan and South Korea abound. Many are salient, others rather less so than they first appear. Channeling insights from a recent event at the University of Toronto, Steven Denney investigates.