[Policy] South Korea: The Unloved Republic?
At Asia Society Korea Center's monthly luncheon, Brian R. Myers, Professor of International Politics at Dongseo University in Busan argued that a tradition of state "blood-based" or ethnic nationalism on a divided peninsula runs the risk of undermining loyalty to one republic and promoting loyalty to the other, competing, state. In Myers's telling, the political left and right need to join together to move away from a focus on the 1940s and post-colonial heritage and shape a healthy loyalty to the Republic of Korea. Patriotism is not the last refuge of the scoundrel, as Samuel Johnson famously suggested; nationalism is.
The Unloved Republic? On the Lack of State-Nationalism in South Korea
Brian Myers, Professor of International Studies, Dongseo University