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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.

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.

Posts by Hyunmin Michael Kang
November 27, 2018

South Korea Decides to Dismantle 'Comfort Women' Reconciliation and Healing Foundation

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
Seoul is walking away from a key part of the 2015 agreement with Tokyo, tossing the comfort women issue back into the spotlight.

August 10, 2018

Blame the Heat? South Korean President Moon’s Approval Rating Reaches Record Low

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
President Moon's approval rate remains above 50 percent, but is at its lowest point since his 2017 inauguration.
August 09, 2018

Next High-Level Talks Set for North and South Korea

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
The August 13 meeting may finally yield a date for Moon Jae-in's anticipated visit to Pyongyang.

July 17, 2018

US and North Korea Begin Discussion on Returning Remains of US Soldiers

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
After a missed meeting, North Korean and U.S. representatives met to discuss the return of the remains of U.S. soldiers.

April 09, 2018

What Is South Korea’s Vision for the New Northeast Asian Order?

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
Kim Yong-jae, from the China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, reflects on the upcoming flurry of summits.

March 30, 2018

Date Set for the Next Step in Dialogue Between North and South Korea

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
The Inter-Korean Summit is to be held on April 27.
March 26, 2018

Lee Myung-bak: Between Justice and Political Retribution in South Korea

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
Another former president has been arrested in South Korea.

March 01, 2018

Moon’s March 1 Address Pokes Sensitive Issues With Japan

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
For the first time in 11 years, the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute made its way into a South Korean president’s March 1 remarks.

January 26, 2018

North and South Korean Ice Hockey Teams Meet For the First Time

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
The creation of a joint ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games has been controversial in South Korea.

January 10, 2018

An Olympic Feat: North and South Korea Engage in High-Level Talks

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
The focus was on the upcoming Olympic Games, but North Korea agreed to additional military talks.

January 08, 2018

South Korea Pulls Back From Sex Slave Agreement With Japan

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
A recent government report criticizes the agreement made under the previous Park administration.
November 28, 2017

South Korea’s PyeongChang 2018 Olympics at a Crossroads

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
The lack of recent launches from North Korea has raised the South's hopes for an “Olympic for Peace."

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