The Kwangju Uprising: Eyewitness Press Accounts of Korea's Tiananmen

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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 protestors 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.

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Overview

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 protestors 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.

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What People Are Saying

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765606372
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/23/2000
  • Series: Pacific Basin Institute Book Series
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by President Kim Dae Jung.

PART ONE: TWO KOREAN VOICES:

Days & Nights on the Street,Kim Chung Keun
Operation "Fascinating Vacations", Lee Jai Eui

PART TWO: THE FOREIGN PRESS:

Remembering Kwangju, Terry Anderson
A Nightmare in Broad Daylight, Gebhard Hielscher
I Bow My Head, Jurgen Hinzpeter
Reflections on Kwangju, Sam Jameson
Yun Sang Won: The Knowledge in Those Eyes, Bradley Martin
A Scream for Freedom, Henry Scott-Stokes, Shim Jae Hoon, Phillippe Pons
"Let's Live and Meet Again," Norman Thorpe

PART THREE: THE KOREAN PRESS:

An Editor's Woes, Kim Dae Jung
How the Provincial Hall Was Taken, Cho Sung Ho
"Bang! Bang! Bang!", Suh Chong Won
"Maybe I Was Too Young...", Chang Jae Yol
A Photographer's Credo, Hwang Jong Gon
"Not One Line...", Ryu Jong Hwan
Kwangju, That Changed My Destiny, Oh Hyo Jin
Kwangju Is Not Over Yet, Kim Yang Woo
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