Choi-gate Explanation of Major Actors

*This wasn’t posted before, so I just posted it Introduction The recent political scandal involving Choi Soon-sil, President Park Geun-hye, and countless others has outraged the people. When trying to understand the beginning of such crisis, one must first examine the generation that came before. President Park Jung-hee, the father of the current president, had…

Combating a Culture of Corruption

Before President Park, there was President Lee Myung-Bak. According to the New York Times, seven months before the end of his term, President Lee had to issue a public apology for bribery allegations against his brother, former aides, and acquaintances. Before President Lee, there was President Roh Moohyun. His corruption scandal ultimately, and tragically, led him to…

The Economic Effect of Political Turmoil

South Korea has recently gone through hard times in its economic policies and state regarding growth due to a myriad of factors from rising household debt to issues in Samsung. What highlights these issues even further is the current political turmoil that turns eyes away from needy economic issues.

Our Trip to a Candlelight Protest

In a manner that was both visually appealing and poignant, the trip to the candlelight protest (also known as a 촛불집회 in Korean) on January 14, 2017 was quite the experience. As a group of six teenagers, attending different schools in different grades, the demonstration seemed to bring the group together emotionally for a single cause: move against the…

SSPI at the Candlelight Protests

Article 21, Section 1. All citizens shall enjoy freedom of speech and the press and enjoy freedom of assembly and association. As enumerated in the Korean constitution, all citizens have the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and association. On January 14th, our team of six SSPI members (Juhyung Park, Diana Lee, Andy Yoon, Chris Lee, Andie Kim,…