[KS] Duke Univ Korea Forum 11/30: South Korea's Upcoming Pres Election

Cheehyung Kim 김지형 cheehyungkim at gmail.com
Sun Nov 25 12:53:52 EST 2012

Dear KS Colleagues,

Those of you in the North Carolina Triangle Area may find the
following event interesting and useful. Please contact me with any
inquiries. Thank you.    --Cheehyung

Cheehyung Kim
ACLS New Faculty Fellow
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / History
Duke University
cheehyungkim at gmail.com

Colloquium on South Korea’s Upcoming Presidential Election

6-8 PM, Friday, Nov 30, 2012, Franklin Center 240, Duke University

With Jae Hyeok SHIN (Professor, Rhodes College) and Chul Young KEUM
(Journalist, Korean Broadcasting System)

South Korea’s presidential election, which happens every five years,
is an event that always defies conventions and expectations. This
year’s election, on December 19, is one of the most colorful and
contested in South Korea’s history. One leading candidate (Park
Geun-hye)—a tremendous politician in her own right—is a daughter of a
former authoritarian president. Another contender is the man who
represents the large (and ambivalent) center as well as the legacy of
the epochal politics of 1980s (Moon Jae-in). Then from a distance, we
have the remarkable figures from the fading left (Shim Sang-jung and
Lee Jung-hee), a sector that searches for ways to remake their
identity and aims. And we can't leave out the extraordinary run of the
independent candidate (Ahn Cheol-soo), a self-made
physician-businessman who conceded the race but whose voice attracts
the crucial younger voters. Come find out about the candidates,
parties, issues, and claims. Give us your insights. Conducted in
Korean and English. With food and beverages.

Organized by Duke Korea Forum and Department of Asian and Middle
Eastern Studies. Sponsored by Duke University’s Program in Asian
Security Studies (PASS).

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