Category Archives: Korea

With Clinton, Expect Increased Tensions with North Korea

My latest, just posted at The Nation (with the Korean version at NewsPro): Over the past two weeks, South Korea has been obsessed with a huge scandal involving its president, Park Geun-hye. Highly unpopular, she faces fierce criticism and protests over her … Continue reading

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The 4.19 Democratic Uprising in South Korea

South Korea’s First Revolution Through the eyes of an American boy in Seoul In 1960, I was living in Seoul, where my father was working for a religious organization that distributed relief aid in postwar South Korea. During the presidential … Continue reading

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On Buzzfeed’s McCarthyite smears against Korean Americans

This week I wrote to Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith about a story his publication ran on July 11 that smeared several Korean American peace and community groups as “fronts” for North Korea, using as its source a well-known fabricator who … Continue reading

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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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