About Hyung-A Kim

Hyung-A Kim is associate professor, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

Korea

Park’s impeachment unlikely to end South Korea’s political saga

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South Korea prepares for new presidential elections in 60 days—and the new president will face immediate pressing issues, writes Hyung-A Kim At 11am Seoul time last Friday (10 March), eight judges of South Korea’s Constitutional Court, in a nationally televised decision, ruled unanimously to remove President Park Geun-hye from office on 13 charges. ‘Her violations […]

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Park fights for survival after violation of ‘divine right’ 

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Engulfed by scandal, South Korea’s Park Geun-hye is banking on a change of political style to save her presidency, writes Hyung-A-Kim. More than two weeks after revelations of South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s mismanagement of her presidential power by allowing her friend Choi Soon-sil to exert her influence on Park’s decision-making, the entire Korean nation […]

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South Korea under fire for missile defence plan

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South Korea’s decision to deploy an advanced US antimissile system is increasing domestic and regional tensions South Korea has been in turmoil since President Park Geun-Hye’s sudden announcement in July to deploy the advanced US antimissile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery at an artillery base in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, allegedly to protect the […]

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History wars: Park’s conservative wedge politics

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Moves by the Park Administration to reintroduce a state-authored history textbook system are seen by many South Koreans as an attempt to gloss over recent history, writes HYUNG-A KIM. President Park Geun-hye’s recent move to replace privately published middle and high school history textbooks with a single, state-authored history textbook system by early 2017 has […]

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South Korea’s deepening youth unemployment crisis

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The Korea Herald recently reported that 410,000 young people in their 20s were unemployed in South Korea, up from 330,000 in 2013, and a 15-year high.

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Mutual fears and suspicions continue to impede Korea reunification talks

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HYUNG-A KIM sees glimmer of hope for bridge-building between North Korea and South Korea in 2015  following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s new year declaration that he’s open to discussions. North–South Korean relations have for 70 years teetered on the verge of war, with the Korean War of 1950–53 gruesomely demonstrating the drastic consequences of […]