The Kwangju Uprising: A Miracle of Asian Democracy as Seen by the Western and the Korean Press

The Kwangju Uprising: A Miracle of Asian Democracy as Seen by the Western and the Korean Press

by Henry Scott Stokes, Lily Xiao Hong Lee
     
 

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The Kwangju Uprising that occurred in May 1980 is burned into the minds of South Koreans in much the same way that Tiananmen is burned into the minds of contemporary Chinese. As the world watched in horror following the assassination of President Park Chung Hee, student protesters were brutally suppressed by the military and police led by strongman Chun Doo Hwan.

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The Kwangju Uprising that occurred in May 1980 is burned into the minds of South Koreans in much the same way that Tiananmen is burned into the minds of contemporary Chinese. As the world watched in horror following the assassination of President Park Chung Hee, student protesters were brutally suppressed by the military and police led by strongman Chun Doo Hwan. Kim Dae Jung, the current president of South Korea, was imprisoned and sentenced to death during this period.

This book recreates those earth-shaking events through eyewitness reports of leading Western correspondents on the scene as well as Korean participants and observers. Photographs, detailed street maps, and dramatic woodblock prints further illuminate the day-to-day drama to keep this atrocity alive in the conscience of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765606372
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/31/2000
Series:
Pacific Basin Institute Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Chalmers Johnson
In May 1980 the South Korean army deliberately and with extreme brutality massacred hundreds of unarmed civilians un the city of Kwangju. The victims were protesting military rule in the country and asking for democracy. High U.S. government officials knew of this slaughter, did nothing to prevent if, and then tried to cover up what they had condoned. The Americans included President Carter, who wanted desperately to prevent another 'Iran'; Bill Clinton's former secretary of state, Warren Christopher, who relayed Washington's orders to Seoul; the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, who in 1980 was assistant secretary of state for East Asia; General John Wickham, the American military commander in South Korea who controlled movements of the South Korean army; and U.S. Ambassador William Glysteen, who gave the green light to the Korean militarists to attack Kwangju. None of them has ever been asked to account for these acts. The American news media collaborated in the almost total cover-up of these crimes against humanity. Perhaps this book will begain to bring American responsibility for the Kwangju massacre into the open.
—(Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire)

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