I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Myunghee Lee, a political scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) based at the University of Copenhagen, for an episode of The Nordic Asia Podcast. The podcast series is a collaboration among the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, University of Turku in Finland, and the University of Oslo in Norway, with a huge audience of more than 40,000 downloads per month. It was an honor to be invited and a welcome opportunity to offer some critical perspectives.
There’s a lot to discuss, but we wanted to focus on the Presidential election in South Korea with a feminist lens and offer a broader context for the anti-feminist movement that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, #MeToo, and movements for justice for the survivors of the “comfort women” system. It was recorded before Yoon Suk-yeol was elected President by a razor thin margin, and before long-time activists Miryu and Jong-gul started their hunger strike calling for the enactment of the Anti-Discrimination Act. As of May 15, 2022, they are on Day 35. (See article in Sisa In.)
Much thanks to Dr. Lee and the production team for the expert editing.
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