Korean Elders React to Death of South Korea’s Last Dictator | Street Interview

When you think of authoritarian regimes around the world, South Korea is the last country that might come to your mind, but did you know that South Korea was under a military dictatorship as recent as in the 1980s? Recently, South Korea’s last dictator, Chun Doo-hwan passed away at the age of 90. Most South Koreans will associate his dictatorship with the Gwangju Uprising, where pro-democracy protests by college students in the city of Gwangju against Chun’s military coup ended in the massacre of what’s estimated to be over thousands of people.

How do the Korean elderly who lived through the era feel about his passing? Given that the Chun dictatorship shut down the media and newspapers during the uprising, did people outside of Gwangju even know what was happening at the time? Asian Boss hit the streets of Seoul to find out.

The opinions expressed in this video are those of individual interviewees alone and do not reflect the views of ASIAN BOSS or the general Korean population.

0:00 - Intro
0:50 - Reactions to Chun Doo-hwan's passing
1:30 - Why is Chun Doo-hwan criticized so much in Korea?
4:51 - What is the Gwangju Uprising?
6:41 - Where were you during the Gwangju Uprising?
9:48 - What was it like living under a dictatorship?
12:22 - Was there anything good done by the dictator?
14:38 - What's Korea like now compared to before?
16:42 - Do you think another dictator could ever appear again in Korea?

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