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Student Activism in AsiaBetween Protest and Powerlessness$
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Meredith L. Weiss and Edward Aspinall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679683

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679683.001.0001

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South Korea: Passion, Patriotism, and Student Radicalism

South Korea: Passion, Patriotism, and Student Radicalism

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Student Activism in Asia

Mi Park

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the nature of student activism in South Korea in the early twentieth century. Passionate patriotism characterized student activism in South Korea. Student activists played a crucial role in advancing anti-Japanese nationalism and the uprising in 1960 which forced the resignation of the country’s ruler, Syngman Rhee. They also led protests such as the March First Movement of 1919, the June 10 uprising of 1926, and the Gwangju student uprising of 1929. However, the visibility and impact of student protest has declined significantly because of the deepening political divisions within the student movements.

Keywords:   student activism, anti-Japanese nationalism, Syngman Rhee, March First Movement, Gwangju student uprising

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