The eternal division of Korea?


Historically in Korea, ideas of nation and identity, and thus of unification, have been based upon the ethnic and cultural homogeneity of all Korean people. However, ethnic ties are increasingly irrelevant for young people in their conception of the South Korean nation. Instead membership is extended on the basis of ‘globalised-cultural’ ideals of modernity, cosmopolitanism and status. The decline in an ethnic basis for identity among young South Koreans helps to explain growing discriminatory attitudes toward North Koreans and Korean-Chinese and helps to understand how non-ethnic Koreans can often be conceived as part of the South Korean national community.

Dr Emma Campbell
While the world wonders if the American War Machine will surface in the Crimea, the Carlyle Group has quietly purchased South Korea Fire and Security from Tyco saying that security in South Korea is "under penetrated". Given the motives and membership of Carlyle, will this pave the way for the US to invade North Korea on a lie?
Keith Wilson 4 years 11 months ago

Share your thoughts

You must have Javascript enabled to use this form.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team