It barely made a splash back home, but a recent SPA decree establishing economic development zones nationwide attracted great international attention. Should it have been so? Chosun Ilbo takes a firm stance, and Christopher Green watches on.
South Korea appears to have a rich and varied mediasphere. However, over the last two years there has been conflict over the role of “jongpyeon” media companies TV Chosun, Channel-A, JTBC and MBN. The connection to inter-Korean relations is worth noting. Christopher Green explains.
The distorted divide in South Korea between left and right, conservative and progressive, shields a far more pronounced divide between the forces of democracy and… something else. A recent Hankyoreh column, deconstructed by Steven Denney.
The imbroglio over school history education continues apace in South Korea, with Prime Minister Jung weighing into the debate on November 5. Steven Denney keeps us abreast of things.
Trust can come in many forms, but in Korea there is a serious lack of it. According to Professor Jin Jingyi of Peking University, the key is to transit away from futile attempts to foster political trust, and onto an “economics-first,” or “trusteconomik” if you prefer, approach. Steven Denney explains.
One of the most common South Korean military buzzwords of recent months is “Kill Chain.” It sounds scary and pregnant with deterrence capability, but does it work? Hankyoreh and Professor Choi Jong-kun of Yonsei University think not. Christopher Green summarizes the argument.
National histories are far too contentious as it is, without entrusting their construction to the forces of state authority. In South Korea, where ideological and intellectual freedom are highly contingent, the latest episode in a recurrent controversy over school textbooks makes the point.
The German government returns an Ambassador to Pyongyang with interests in cross-border trade in Sinuiju, North Korean succession issues, and “the liberal ’80s” in Beijing.