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Hyunmin Michael Kang

Hyunmin Michael Kang

Hyunmin Michael Kang is a doctoral candidate in department of international cooperation at Korea University. His main areas of research include inter-Korean relations, Korea-Japan relations, and East Asian politics.

He was a former editor for the National Human Rights Commission of Korea where he has worked on human rights issues in the country. He has previously written for various outlets such as the Huffington Post Korea on security as well as non-security issues related to the two Koreas.

He is a fan of urban history in Korea, and writes on various developments in the country including multiculturalism, labor movements, human rights, and the Korean wave. He is also an independent K-Pop producer.

South Korea Decides to Dismantle 'Comfort Women' Reconciliation and Healing Foundation
November 27, 2018
South Korea Decides to Dismantle 'Comfort Women' Reconciliation and Healing Foundation
Seoul is walking away from a key part of the 2015 agreement with Tokyo, tossing the comfort women issue back into the spotlight.
South Korea Decides to Dismantle 'Comfort Women' Reconciliation and Healing Foundation
Blame the Heat? South Korean President Moon’s Approval Rating Reaches Record Low
August 10, 2018
Blame the Heat? South Korean President Moon’s Approval Rating Reaches Record Low
President Moon's approval rate remains above 50 percent, but is at its lowest point since his 2017 inauguration.
Blame the Heat? South Korean President Moon’s Approval Rating Reaches Record Low
Next High-Level Talks Set for North and South Korea
August 09, 2018
Next High-Level Talks Set for North and South Korea
The August 13 meeting may finally yield a date for Moon Jae-in's anticipated visit to Pyongyang.
Next High-Level Talks Set for North and South Korea
US and North Korea Begin Discussion on Returning Remains of US Soldiers
July 17, 2018
US and North Korea Begin Discussion on Returning Remains of US Soldiers
After a missed meeting, North Korean and U.S. representatives met to discuss the return of the remains of U.S. soldiers.
US and North Korea Begin Discussion on Returning Remains of US Soldiers
What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?
April 09, 2018
What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?
Kim Yong-jae, from the China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, reflects on the upcoming flurry of summits.
What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?
Date Set for the Next Step in Dialogue Between North and South Korea
March 30, 2018
Date Set for the Next Step in Dialogue Between North and South Korea
The Inter-Korean Summit is to be held on April 27.
Date Set for the Next Step in Dialogue Between North and South Korea
Lee Myung-bak: Between Justice and Political Retribution in South Korea
March 26, 2018
Lee Myung-bak: Between Justice and Political Retribution in South Korea
Another former president has been arrested in South Korea.
Lee Myung-bak: Between Justice and Political Retribution in South Korea
Moon’s March 1 Address Pokes Sensitive Issues With Japan
March 01, 2018
Moon’s March 1 Address Pokes Sensitive Issues With Japan
For the first time in 11 years, the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute made its way into a South Korean president’s March 1 remarks.
Moon’s March 1 Address Pokes Sensitive Issues With Japan
North and South Korean Ice Hockey Teams Meet For the First Time
January 26, 2018
North and South Korean Ice Hockey Teams Meet For the First Time
The creation of a joint ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games has been controversial in South Korea.
North and South Korean Ice Hockey Teams Meet For the First Time
An Olympic Feat: North and South Korea Engage in High-Level Talks
January 10, 2018
An Olympic Feat: North and South Korea Engage in High-Level Talks
The focus was on the upcoming Olympic Games, but North Korea agreed to additional military talks.
An Olympic Feat: North and South Korea Engage in High-Level Talks
South Korea Pulls Back From Sex Slave Agreement With Japan
January 08, 2018
South Korea Pulls Back From Sex Slave Agreement With Japan
A recent government report criticizes the agreement made under the previous Park administration.
South Korea Pulls Back From Sex Slave Agreement With Japan
South Korea’s PyeongChang 2018 Olympics at a Crossroads
November 28, 2017
South Korea’s PyeongChang 2018 Olympics at a Crossroads
The lack of recent launches from North Korea has raised the South's hopes for an “Olympic for Peace."
South Korea’s PyeongChang 2018 Olympics at a Crossroads
North Korean Soldier Makes Dramatic Defection Across the DMZ
November 25, 2017
North Korean Soldier Makes Dramatic Defection Across the DMZ
South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasting system, pumping K-Pop northward, may have played a role in the man’s defection.
North Korean Soldier Makes Dramatic Defection Across the DMZ
Can South Korea Jumpstart Job Creation?
November 10, 2017
Can South Korea Jumpstart Job Creation?
South Korea unveils its five-year plan for creating jobs, but will it be enough?
Can South Korea Jumpstart Job Creation?
Is it Time for South Korea to Regain Wartime Operational Control?
October 20, 2017
Is it Time for South Korea to Regain Wartime Operational Control?
President Moon’s recent remarks sparked fierce debate on retrieving South Korea’s wartime operational control from the United States.
Is it Time for South Korea to Regain Wartime Operational Control?
The Role of Translation in South Korean Diplomacy
October 10, 2017
The Role of Translation in South Korean Diplomacy
A good tongue is always a good weapon.
The Role of Translation in South Korean Diplomacy
US and South Korea Agree to Initiate FTA Amendment Negotiations
October 06, 2017
US and South Korea Agree to Initiate FTA Amendment Negotiations
Trump’s threats to terminate the agreement entirely seems to have brought the Koreans to the table.
US and South Korea Agree to Initiate FTA Amendment Negotiations
South Korea's Heated Debate Over the Possibility of Tactical Nukes
September 22, 2017
South Korea's Heated Debate Over the Possibility of Tactical Nukes
The possible deployment of tactical nukes is a hot topic for the opposition in Seoul.
South Korea's Heated Debate Over the Possibility of Tactical Nukes
Strife in South Korea Over Politics in Public Broadcasting
September 15, 2017
Strife in South Korea Over Politics in Public Broadcasting
Accusations of political bias run rampant, with two broadcasting unions going on strike.
Strife in South Korea Over Politics in Public Broadcasting
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