2018 December SU:P Newsletter (Vol.44)
1. Is the Moon Administration Still a Part of the Candlelight Revolution?
Moon was put into power by the candlelight revolution fight against corruption and yearning for a better society. Thus, Moon has a mandate to push fundamental reforms to South Korea’s politico-economic structure. Yet, over a year and a half into his term, Moon’s administration has yet to challenge the chaebol (conglomerate) dominated politico-economic structure. His impatience and myopic economic vision are yielding timid and lukewarm economic policies while his actions point towards a dangerously comfortable and intimate relationship with chaebols not different from the disgraced and toppled Park administration. To extirpate Korea’s deep rooted corruption requires challenging Moon towards bolder reforms. (read)
2. Reflection: Going to Meet History
“Visiting these spaces of labor history and activism showed me the power of meeting with activists themselves. Sitting face to face with them authenticates history in ways that facts and figures cannot. They showed me that there is still work to be done, and their gaze made me question whether I help or hinder the cause. I now recognize the relationship between my earning and spending money in Korea, and the labor issues it intersects with. Recognizing this privilege prompts me to find ways to take action and take responsibility for making a positive impact in Korean society. I have the exceptional honor of working with young students, and perhaps the opportunity to sow some small seeds for change.” (read)
3. Reflection: Occupy the Blue House
“My greatest impression from that day was the teachers’ honesty, sincerity and commitment to justice. Unions in the rest of the world can learn from the KTU’s focus on issues outside of work conditions and their protest tactics. Canada Post workers and their union the CUPW have had to resort to more militant protests to fight for their legal right to strike and to fight neoliberalism unions around the world will have to learn to adopt more militant protest tactics to protect basic rights.” (read)