South Korean Politics – Left and Right

A few weeks ago, I wrote an entry “Korean “liberal” isn’t liberalism“.  Today, I found a similar explanation made by professor Park Yu-ha, so I want to share it.

The dynamics of South Korean politics is very difficult for foreigners to grasp. South Korean politics is split 50/50 between right and left. The right is pro-U.S., anti-North Korea and anti-Japan. The left is anti-U.S., pro-North Korea and anti-Japan. Chong Dae Hyup is a radical element of South Korean left. So South Korean rightists do not get along with Chong Dae Hyup. But anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea is shared by right and left due to decades of brainwashing by successive governments.

“Comfort Women of the Empire” by Park Yu-ha 朴裕河

What I wrote was below.

The left-wing (so-called “liberal” or “progressive” who fought against the right-wing) party is consist of pro-communism(thus anti-USA, anti-liberalism) and North Korean sympathizers (Juche ideology; anti-everybody; anti-Japan, anti-America) such as Hanchongryun and some socialists. Some of them still consider democracy as merely a way to spread their leftist(socialistic/Juche) ideology. Their slogan is anti-military = anti-america = pro-north. That’s why Korean leftists(including President Moon) often mention about Marxist like “revolution”. …. And the common denominator of the Korean politics is race based nationalism. When internal politics goes wrong, they always resort to anti-Japanism.


liberal” isn’t liberalism


The most Japanese are aware of this because Japanese “the Left” is similar in many ways. But the Western media does not seem to get it.


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