Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kwangju Democratic Movement

Hello. Tomorrow is the discussion about the Kwangju Uprising/Massacre/Democracy Movement/Incident. Here are a couple youtube videos to watch. I think reading about something is completely different than seeing it on video. Seeing the videos make it more personal and real.

This is a video that shows American newscasts covering the Gwangju Movement. It is VERY interesting. I think the 3rd video (the one that is playing at around the 5:00 time) is the best one.




This video is a "Remember Gwangju" video, so it focuses on the violence and destruction. I am wondering about a couple scenes from this video. In the video, you see caskets lined up with Korean flags on them and people massed to view them. Then you see more scenes of caskets made of wood with the names written on them. There is a clear difference between the memorials, so I am assuming the first group of caskets that looked more respected with the flag were soldiers who died and the others were citizens.



This is an EBS channel video, which is Korean. I think it is probably really informative.. but it is in Korean. Be aware, this one has really sad music.





This video shows a later democratic movement in 1987. I think it is the one discussed in the introduction Gi-Wook Shin from "Contentious Kwangju". Look on page xxv. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that part of the reading is about the movement in this video. When trying to find more information about this.. I found an interesting article from the China Post. The article is here.

4 comments:

Inyeop Lee said...

Hi, Courtney, I just wanna say thank you for the nice and impressive video clips.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the videos. The slight differences among the three US networks was interesting to note.

This is my first time here. I'll back looking for more good stuff when I have time to browse.

Sonagi from the Marmot's Hole

Anonymous said...

On this site there are Time articles on Gwangju from 1980.

http://kushibo.blogspot.com/2008/05/inspired-by-marmot-here-is-time.html

http://kushibo.blogspot.com/2006/05/archive-june-2-1980.html

http://kushibo.blogspot.com/2008/05/archive-june-2-1980-on-koreas-student.html

mark said...

I am assuming the first group of caskets that looked more respected with the flag were soldiers who died and the others were citizens.

probably not. they were both used for the citizens. considering that 23 soldiers were killed, compared to 150-200 civilian deaths. i definitely saw more than 23 flag-covered caskets on the various photographs i saw of the incident.