The link below is to a deep dive I wrote yesterday into the recent political developments concerning the leading South Korean conservative presidential candidate Yeon Seok-yeol and his stealthy entry into the so called People’s Power Party last Friday. The Bamboo Spear Song represents Korea’s historical aspirations of national sovereignty and popular reform which typically has manifested in popular uprisings in Korea in the modern period.
I try to get past the western alliance filter on Korean affairs to show a more authentic picture as it is perceived in South Korea at least by progressive elements on the left. Such views can typically only be found in independent media in South Korea rarely viewed here.
South Korean politics and government are still suffering from substantial levels of political corruption. It isn’t the democratic utopia that some portray it to be. Its popular democracy, fragile and weak, was only recently achieved. In my view, Yoon Seok-yeol’s candidacy presents the potential for South Korea to return to the status of a corrupt quisling dictatorship.
it took me a couple of days to collect more background on the story, although I was already familiar with the Nokdu Flower drama about the Tonghak uprising that it is associated with. So I wrote it up if anyone is interested. It’s at this link: