I wrote an article for Al Jazeera America about South Korea’s 안녕들하십니까 poster movement and how it may signal a resurgent interest in politics by the young generation and those who have never before been able to participate in social issues.
1. A Movement Begins
In early December, Ju Hyun-u, a student at South Korea’s elite Korea University, taped up two white sheets filled with his handwriting on a campus bulletin board. His message began with a question, “Are you doing all right?”
Ju’s poster listed a raft of national issues, beginning with the layoffs of more than 4,000 striking railway workers. He then questioned the Korean government’s attempts to unseat opposition lawmakers and imprison its critics and wrote about the elderly villager who committed suicide to protest a nuclear-powered utility project in the southern city of Miryang. Ju appealed to his fellow students. Given all these societal problems, could they stand idly by? He asked again, “Are you doing all right?” and signed his name.
What happened next was nothing short of remarkable.
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