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Korean politics:

 

In 4-5 sentences, (1) define the term and (2) explicitly discuss its importance/significance in relation to the political event(s) or issue(s) covered in this course. (The issues surrounding major political events in both South and North Korea that we cover in this course include Japanese colonialism, Japan-Korea relations, Korean War, authoritarian rule, economic development, democratization, neoliberalism, inter-Korean relations, and US-Korea relations.)

1. Regionalism

Reading #1: Robinson, Michael E. 2007. “Democratization in South Korea 1987-2000.” In Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey, 167-181.

Reading #2: Choi, Jang-Jip. 2012. “The Portrait of Democracy in Korea after Democratization.” In Democracy after Democratization: The Korean Experience. Stanford: The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 4-19.

Reading #3: Cho, Joan E. “How South Korea’s Authoritarian Past Shapes its Democracy.” The Diplomat (December 2022)

2. Chuch’e (or Juche) ideology

Reading #1: Robinson, Michael E. 2007. “Going It Alone: The DPRK 1953-Present.” In Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey, 146-166.

Reading #2: Smith, Hazel. 2015. “Beyond the Clichés.” In North Korea: Markets and Military Rule. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 19- 42.

3. Sunshine Policy

Reading #1: Heo, Uk and Terence Roehrig. 2014. “Inter-Korean Relations: Confrontation, Economic Exchange, and the Nuclear Crisis.” South Korea’s Rise: Economic Development, Power, and Foreign Relations. New York: Cambridge University Press, 28-49.

Reading #2: Kim, Nan. 2011. “Korea on the Brink: Reading the Yonpyong Shelling and its Aftermath.” Journal of Asian Studies 70 (2): 337-356.
Film: Northern Limit Line (연평해전), 2015 (130 min.)

4. Anti-American sentiments in South Korea

Reading #1: Heo, Uk and Terence Roehrig. 2014. “South Korea and the United States: from Dependency to Partnership.” South Korea’s Rise: Economic Development, Power, and Foreign Relations. New York: Cambridge University Press, 50-66.

Reading #2: Shin, Gi-Wook and Hilary Jan Izatt. 2011. “Anti- American and Anti-Alliance Sentiments in South Korea.” Asian Survey 51(6): 1113-1133.

 
 
 

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