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Youth for Nation: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea

Charles R. Kim

Abstract

In 1960, South Korean students staged a major series of demonstrations against their government’s abuses of power. Known as the April 19th Revolution, the movement culminated in the resignation of authoritarian president Syngman Rhee. This book explores media and ideological texts of the post-Korean War years to advance a cultural explanation of that seminal event. It focuses on gendered discourse and ideology that positioned youths as the hope, exemplars, and representatives of the postcolonial nation. Intellectuals and ideologues urged youths to contribute to nation building by enacting patr ... More

Keywords: April 19th Revolution, democratization, gender, global sixties, media, nationalism, postcolonial, postwar, Park Chung Hee, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855949
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855949.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles R. Kim, author
University of Wisconsin Madison