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The Home Stretch: #Shigak no. 39

By | May 06, 2017

The South Korean presidential election may be mere days away, but it continues to throw up some fascinating stories. We look at some of the best in this, the penultimate pre-election edition of #Shigak.

Vying for Second Place: #Shigak no. 38

By | May 03, 2017

With the election less than a week away, is it the beginning of the end for the Bareun Party and its charismatic leader, Yoo Seung-min? This question is on the slate in this edition of #Shigak.

THAAD, Ahn, and the Defector Vote: #Shigak no. 37

By | April 30, 2017

This edition of #Shigak adds the diverse voices of the defector community to the cacophony of election opinion, assess the reasons behind the current, potentially vital dip in Ahn Cheol-soo’s popularity, and reviews the THAAD-tinged fifth televised debate.

LGBT Protests, Ageing Liberals, and Midnight Meetings: #Shigak no. 36

By | April 27, 2017

This installment of #Shigak focuses on two political developments: Ahn Cheol-soo’s slipping popularity, and Moon Jae-in’s stance on sexual minorities in society and in the military.

Welfare and Security Reforms on the Docket: #Shigak no. 35

By | April 26, 2017

Is an alliance between those candidates opposed to a Moon Jae-in presidency possible? What did we learn from the most recent presidential debate? And just how salient are labor market issues to the candidates? This issue of #Shigak addresses these questions and more.

Guns and Butter: #Shigak no. 34

By | April 23, 2017

#Shigak turns its attention to the labor and social welfare policies of the five main candidates, reminding us that while North Korea makes headlines, invigorating the economy is what matters to most people.

And It Was All Yellow: #Shigak no. 33

By | April 19, 2017

Perhaps mindful that less can indeed be more, Ahn Cheol-soo released the most impressive campaign poster of the year this week, and that leads our latest edition of #Shigak. There is also a fittingly yellow tribute to the 304 who died in the Sewol tragedy three years ago.

There’s No Going Back: #Shigak no. 32

By | April 15, 2017

This edition of #Shigak observes the beginning of official campaigning with the registration of candidates. There is also a review of the first presidential debate, and a look at the childcare policies of the big two, Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo.