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Why Did Young South Koreans Ditch the Democratic Party and President Moon?
April 09, 2021

Why Did Young South Koreans Ditch the Democratic Party and President Moon?

By Seoho Lee
In the crucial by-elections, young voters turned away from the ruling party they once supported. What happened?

Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon
April 08, 2021

Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon

By Mitch Shin
The ruling Democratic Party failed to keep the mayor positions in the country’s two biggest cities in by-elections on Wednesday. 
The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’
April 05, 2021

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’

By Dongwoo Kim
Amid growing anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea, there is a mismatch between the popular will and Seoul’s foreign policy.

Land Speculation Scandal Grips South Korea
March 26, 2021

Land Speculation Scandal Grips South Korea

By Jenna Gibson
Amid soaring housing prices, allegations that officials used insider information to grab land sparked public outrage.

South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart
February 11, 2021

South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart

By Jenna Gibson
Naver will shutter the feature, which has been subject to economic and political manipulation in the past.

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 
January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 

By Mitch Shin
The 2016 Candlelight Revolution finally ended with the Supreme Court’s final sentence for Park. Now the focus turns to a potential pardon.

Blue House Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Protect Moon’s Approval Ratings
January 07, 2021

Blue House Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Protect Moon’s Approval Ratings

By Mitch Shin
With Moon’s approval ratings declining gradually, two of his senior cabinet members have been replaced.
South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 17-Year Jail Term for Ex-President Lee
October 29, 2020

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 17-Year Jail Term for Ex-President Lee

By Associated Press
Lee Myung-bak was convicted of taking bribes before and during his presidency.

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?
October 07, 2020

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?

By Timothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, Andi Dahmer, and Isabel Eliassen
Early on, South Korea was touted as a model of COVID-19 containment. Does the public still approve of the government’s approach?

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil
August 13, 2020

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil

By Tae-jun Kang
For the first time in nearly four years, the conservative party has notched a higher approval rating than the DPK.

Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?
August 05, 2020

Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?

By Tae-jun Kang
The Democratic Party raised the idea amid soaring real estate prices in Seoul -- and dwindling populations in the rest of the country.
A ‘Shoe Revolution’ in South Korea?
July 25, 2020

A ‘Shoe Revolution’ in South Korea?

By Tae-jun Kang
Why are South Korean protesters throwing shoes into the air? 

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