Category Archives: Korea

The Dictator’s Daughter Strikes Again

“Baek Nam-gi has become a symbol of the resistance to the Park Geun-hye government,” one activist told me. Continue reading

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Gwangju: Preserving the vicious nature of martial law, 1980

I spent most of the last three weeks in South Korea, primarily in  Gwangju, Jeju and Seoul. I was invited to Gwangju by the city, along with three American journalists who witnessed the uprising and the final military takeover on … Continue reading

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Guest Post: South Korea Bans Korean-German from Kwangju

In an extraordinary and undemocratic act, the South Korean government has prevented Lee Jong-Hyeon, a 79 year-old Korean living in Germany to enter the country to attend commemoration ceremonies remembering the May 18, 1980, uprising in Kwangju. He arrived on … Continue reading

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My Gwangju FOIA Documents Get a Home – In Gwangju

This week I agreed to donate my entire collection of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on U.S. policy in South Korea from 1979 to 1980 to the city of Kwangju. Mayor Yoon and I worked out the agreement on May 18 … Continue reading

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Back to Korea

I’m heading back to Korea on Friday. I’ve been invited to Gwangju by the city government with the small group of Korean and foreign reporters who were there during the citizens’ uprising of May 18, 1980. The city is sponsoring … Continue reading

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