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One of the biggest political protests in modern Korean historical past, the could 1980 Kwangju rebellion nonetheless exerts a profound, frequently contested, effect in Korean society. via a deft blend of non-public reflections and educational research, Contentious Kwangju deals a finished exam of the a number of, moving meanings of this seminal occasion and explains how the reminiscence of Kwangju has affected Korean existence from politics to tradition. the 1st half the booklet bargains hugely own views at the info of the rebellion itself, together with the voters' military, the fleeting days of Kwangju citizen autonomy, the actions of yankee missionaries, and the aftermath following the uprising's suppression by way of govt forces. the second one part presents a wide-ranging scholarly evaluate of the impression of Kwangju in South Korea, from democratization and the destiny of survivors to local identification and pop culture, concluding with an exam of Kwangju's value within the greater move of contemporary Korean heritage. in response to the book's name, the essays provide competing interpretations of the Kwangju rebellion, but jointly give you the so much thorough English-language therapy so far of the multifaceted, sweeping importance of this pivotal event.

Contributions by: Jong-chul Ahn, Don Baker, Ju-na Byun, Jung-kwan Cho, Jung-woon Choi, Kyung Moon Hwang, Keun-sik Jung, Linda S. Lewis, Gi-Wook Shin, Jean W. Underwood, and Sallie Yea

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The enraged demonstrators attempted to set fire to the MBC building. See Han’guk hy6ndae saryo y6n’guso, 661 [ 30581. 8. See chapter 2 in this volume for further details. ’ The 1946 Taegu uprising, the 1948 rebellion that took place on Cheju Island, the Msu-Sunch‘6n armed struggles of 1948, and the April 19 student uprising of 1960 are key examples of such struggles. The Kwangju uprising of 1980 is similar to these earlier instances of collective protest in that they all were struggles against authoritarian regimes.

2. 18 saryo p’ybnch‘an wiwbnhoe, 1997), 2:23. 3. See Han’guk hybndaesa saryo yijn’guso, Kwangju 5-w61 rninjung hangjaeng saryo ch6njip [Complete historical records of the Kwangju May people’s uprising] (Seoul: P’ulpit, 1990). 4. See Pak NamsGn, Ow61 ktinal [That day in May] (Kwangju: Saemmul, 1988). 5. 5-18 Minjuhwa undong charyo ch’ongs6, 2:63. This Page Intentionally Left Blank 3 An American Missionary’s View Jean W Underwood Preface K “TIANANMEN SQUARE”INCIDENT OF 1980 occurred not in the capital city of Seoul but in the provincial city of Kwangju, some two hundred miles south of Seoul.

Citizens, in spite of all the obstacles, we the Citizens’ Army will protect your safety to the end. Also, if negotiations proceed smoothly we will give up our arms immediately. Democratic citizens,please trust and cooperate with the Citizens’Army. -5-25-1980, all members of the Citizens’ Army At this point activist leaders who had been hiding or working behind the scenes decided to take over leadership of the armed struggle. They concluded after intense debate that it was their duty and responsibility to give guidance and direction to the resistance that had begun spontaneously among young blue-collar workers.

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