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Hyejin Kim teaches Political Science and Global Studies at the National University of Singapore. She is the author of the books International Ethnic Networks and Intra-ethnic Conflict: Koreans in China (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) and Jia: A Novel of North Korea (Cleis Press 2007). Her new book, about transnational education corporations and education policy in Asia, will come out in 2019.

Online Activism and South Korea’s Candlelight Movement

The Candlelight Movement of 2016 and 2017 that successfully called for president Park Geun-hye to step down is among the largest social movements in South Korean history. This movement attracted millions of participants over a sustained period of time, while maintaining strikingly peaceful demonstrations that ultimately achieved their goal. This essay looks at the role of the Internet and new media in fostering a new generation of activists and laying the foundation for a successful social mobilisation.

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