In October 2016, South Koreans citizens started coming together for a series of “candlelight” demonstrations. They demanded the resignation of president Park Geun Hye, who was suspected of abusing her power. Social media and non-traditional media organizations were crucial for the development of the massive but surprisingly peaceful candlelight movement. This episode speaks to concerns about the role of the internet and internet news in particular in politics. Hyejin Kim shows how entrepreneurial journalists and activists used the internet to create space for offering critical reflections on politics.
Hyejin Kim is lecturer in Global Studies and Political Science at the National University of Singapore, where she is also deputy convener of the Global Studies program. Trained in anthropology and China studies, Hyejin is the author of International Ethnic Networks and Intra-Ethnic Conflict: Koreans in China and Jia: A Novel of North Korea.