Shigak

Political Deadlock in the ROK: #Shigak no. 11

By | September 04, 2014

Despite the demand for a special investigation, the ruling and opposition parties have yet to find enough common ground to put the Sewol special bill to a vote. This topic and more are explored in the latest issue of Shigak.

Saenuri Party Triumphant: #Shigak no. 10

By | August 10, 2014

The latest Shigak recaps the crucial July 30 by-elections and discusses what the Saenuri Party’s electoral victory means for South Korean politics going forward. Additional stories covered include: Korea’s rising immigrant population, issues of national identity, and the fate of private high schools, among others.

Divided Political Parties and National Identity: #Shigak no. 09

By | July 24, 2014

Ongoing battles over historical narratives, an upcoming “mini-general election,” and efforts to deal with and adjust to an increasingly multicultural population were some of the major issues covered in the Korean and foreign media over the last few weeks. These pressing issues and more are covered in the latest issue of Shigak.

Xi in Seoul and History Textbook Wars: #Shigak no. 08

By | July 07, 2014

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.

#Shigak no. 07: Another Fine Cabinet Mess

By | June 21, 2014

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.

#Shigak no. 6: The 6.4 Election Special

By | June 03, 2014

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.

#Shigak no. 5: The Sewol Effect

By | May 18, 2014

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.

#Shigak no. 4: Making Money, Spending Money, and Income Redistribution in South Korea

By | April 09, 2014

Salaries for South Korea’s multinational conglomerate tycoons, the debate over legal gambling, and welfare reform proposals get attention in this issue of #Shigak.