Korean Media

Recent Reproductions of South Korean “National Hero” Ahn Jung-geun

By | January 31, 2015

One can learn a lot about a nation by who is elevated to the status of “national hero.” Here, Steven Denney reviews two recent cultural products concerning independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun, juxtaposing them against Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper.”

An Unprecedented Ruling: #Shigak no. 18

By | January 17, 2015

This issue of #Shigak looks back on the unprecedented move by South Korea’s Constitutional Court to disband the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). Other important stories include the race for opposition party leadership, new labor legislation, and some troubling developments at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.

“The Interview” Enveloped in Storm of Netizen Criticism

By | January 04, 2015

“The Interview” has been met in South Korea with strident criticism for lampooning elements of Korean culture, with some netizens accusing producer Sony of deliberately seeking to undermine Korean claims to the Dokdo islets and the naming of the East Sea/Sea of Japan. Christopher Green translates.

Coal Knows No Boundaries: #Shigak no. 16

By | December 17, 2014

This issue of #Shigak covers a range of topics from the middle of November until the middle of December including the persecution of the “Saegye six,” the transportation of coal from Russia to South Korea via Ranjin, and the factional politics surrounding the nomination of a new party chairperson for the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

A Bundle of Bills in November: #Shigak no. 16

By | November 27, 2014

This issue of #Shigak looks at a number of bills that passed South Korea’s National Assembly to address issues surrounding the Sewol ferry sinking and the country’s underdeveloped welfare state. Other topics include a temporary workers strike, the Sewol ferry captain’s jail sentence, and Sino-Korean economic ties.

No Country for Old Men (or Women): #Shigak no. 15

By | November 10, 2014

This issue of #Shigak takes a back-to-basics approach, homing in on issues that voters everywhere really care about: jobs, housing, and the economy. But there’s still room for appearances from Ahn Cheol-soo and the Sewol.