May 24, 2022
Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy
By Shannon Tiezzi
“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”
May 18, 2022
How Activists Kept the Memory of the Gwangju Uprising Alive
By Hwang Sok-yong, Lee Jae-eui, Jeon Yong-ho, and Slin Jung
The story of the “Gwangju White Papers” and “Beyond Death,” the first underground handouts to discuss the Gwangju Uprising.
November 24, 2021
Ex-South Korean Strongman Chun Doo-hwan Dies at Age 90
By Hyung-jin Kim
Chun's rule, from 1979 to 1988, was marked both by severe political repression as well as rapid social and economic changes. He is most famous for ordering the Gwangju massacre, for which he never apologized.
May 17, 2019
5-18 and the Forgotten Lesson on Anti-Americanism in South Korea
By Benjamin A. Engel
May 18, 1980 crystallized anti-US sentiments in Korea. Now Trump is laying the foundation for another anti-American backlash.
February 25, 2019
Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other?
By Tae-jun Kang
The Liberty Korea Party and Democratic Party have adopted opposite approaches to public scandals, both with mixed results.