Shigak

Summer Special: #Shigak no. 24

By | September 19, 2015

#Shigak returns from a brief summer hiatus, with analysis-lite on a wealth of developments in South Korea: education reform, #LotteGate, internet banks, and Jang Geu-rae marches, among other things.

Politics in Viral Times: #Shigak no. 23

By | June 24, 2015

The latest issue of #Shigak recaps and analyzes some of the top stories and reports between May and June, focusing on a labor dispute at Kia Motors, an Ivy League pipe dream, and the political and economic consequences of the MERS outbreak.

Press Freedom and Split Ballots: #Shigak no. 22

By | May 26, 2015

#Shigak returns with fresh analysis of South Korea’s declining export competitiveness, a mixed assessment of media freedom, a by-election drubbing or three for the NPAD, and the judicial outcome of an unseemly defamation lawsuit.

Factional Politics and Contentious Memorials: #Shigak no. 21

By | April 24, 2015

The sex trade is a battleground wherever you go, and South Korea is no different. In this edition of #Shigak, the Constitutional Court in Seoul gears up to pass judgment on an unpopular 2004 law. Elsewhere, the state remembers the Cheonan for the final time.

(Not) Legislating Morality: #Shigak no. 20

By | March 28, 2015

This 20th issue of #Shigak highlights key stories and domestic political developments in South Korea between February and March, including a momentous Constitutional Court ruling that overturned a 60-year old adultery law.

Take a Ride on the @MoonRiver365: #Shigak no. 19

By | February 20, 2015

This issue of #Shigak gives a brief overview of the many domestic political changes that took place over a month-long period between mid-January and Valentine’s Day. Moon Jae-in’s election to opposition party chairperson and an ongoing debate over welfare are just a few of the issues addressed.

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.

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.