The latest issue of Shigak follows several significant developments in South Korea’s foreign and domestic affairs, including Xi’s visit to Seoul and the Abe administration’s reivew of the 1993 “Kono Statement.” Other pertinent issues, including textbook wars and domestic political battles, are covered in this issue.
Revelations of Ma Won-chun visiting Beijing came two weeks after it took place. What are we to make of the fact that the news finally emerged on the same day as Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea was officially confirmed? This article has been amended.
Ma Won-chun has been climbing the ranks in Pyongyang’s power circles and is clearly a key cog in the wheel of the Supreme Leader. So what was he doing at a library in Beijing two weeks ago? This article has been amended.
President Park’s nominee for prime minister comes under fire and drags the administration and the ruling Saenuri party down with him. Chinese fishermen adds a new layer of problems for South Korea struggling to deter North Korea’s provocations along the Northern Limitation Line. These issues, and more, are explored in this issue of #Shigak.
The latest Tongsin for March–May 2014 examines the DPRK response to US-ROK war games and the Sewol disaster, in which the North attempts to illustrate a united Sino-DPRK perspective that is both anti-American and anti-South Korean.
South Koreans go to the polls in what is seen by many as a referendum on Park Guen-hye and the ruling party’s performance since the current administration came to power in late 2012. The opposition hopes to score several key victories, but disorganization and systemic factors may prevent that from happening. These issues, and more, are explored in this issue of #Shigak.
The sinking of the Sewol has affected South Korea in various ways. This issue of #Shigak explores the broader political, economic, and social effects of the tragic ferry accident, in addition to exploring other noteworthy reports.
Most of the advanced industrial nations of the world have undergone a post-material transition, as the latest wave of World Values Survey (WVS) data shows. However, materialist values have greater resistance in South Korea. Why? Steven Denney sifts through the data and the theory that underpins it.