Shigak

Trade Wars and Hot Wars: #Shigak no. 51

By | August 08, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between July 28 and August 4. For the right, that means the reappointment of a former trade minister to his old post, while the left homes in on some comments about the possibility of war on the Korean peninsula.

Protest and Remembrance: #Shigak no. 50

By | August 01, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between 7.21 and 7.27: a protest by the Korean Government Employees Union for Lee Un-ju’s removal from political office and the passing of former “comfort woman” Kim Kun-ja.

South Korea Has Pride, the People’s Party Has a Scandal: #Shigak no. 49

By | July 21, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between 7/15 and 7/20.

Neighborhood Ajummas, Fabricated Smears: #Shigak no. 48

By | July 17, 2017

This edition of #Shigak, the last under the existing format, covers the decline of the People’s Party, the apparent solidity of the “blood relationship” between China and North Korea, and Moon Jae-in’s hopes for inter-Korean relations.

From DC to Dandong: #Shigak no. 47

By | June 30, 2017

This installment of #Shigak covers the much anticipated ROK-US summit and a notification issued by the US Department of the Treasury of its intention to sanction the Bank of Dandong. We also report the most frequently tweeted words by South Korea’s most read conservative and progressive dailies in what will become a regular feature in #Shigak.

Language, Sports and Cultural Exchange: #Shigak no. 46

By | June 24, 2017

It’s an internationally-flavored #Shigak this week, featuring news that the linguistic talents of the new ROK Foreign Minister may be leaving a nasty taste in the mouths of some South Korean journalists, and much more.

Conditions for Dialogue: #Shigak no. 45

By | June 16, 2017

This installment of #Shigak looks at the conditions set by President Moon for the resumption of North-South dialogue during a recent speech to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration, recent North Korean defections, and the ongoing legislative battle over Moon’s nominee to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

All Politics Is Local: #Shigak no. 44

By | June 09, 2017

This edition of #Shigak explores the link between national political concerns and their local implications. It looks at an industrial area in the southwest of South Korea, which fell foul of a bilateral spat over THAAD, and the difficulty of getting the National Assembly to confirm ministerial appointees. We also update the ongoing debate over THAAD and the variables driving the conservation domestically.

Change and Continuity: #Shigak no. 43

By | June 02, 2017

This issue of #Shigak looks at change and continuity under the new Moon government: a new vision for the country’s spy agency and a commitment to the installation of THAAD, the anti-missile defense system, despite controversy.

No Kettles, Just Cuddles: #Shigak no. 42

By | May 26, 2017

In this edition of #Shigak, we look at a week of rapid-fire personnel picks, with women making notable inroads in the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Veterans and Patriots Affairs. We’ve also got news of amended policing tactics, and the rise of diplomats in the Blue House national security sphere.

Do Not Swear by the Moon: #Shigak no. 41

By | May 17, 2017

The election may be over, but #Shigak is not. In the first installment following Moon Jae-in’s election, we review new political developments, including the new administration’s reaction to North Korea’s latest missile test, profiles of those constituting the new administration, and the return of “March of the Beloved” to official status.