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The Korea Now Podcast

Sep 23, 2018

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Matt VanVolkenburg. They speak about the rise of youth culture in South Korea during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Western influences behind this movement, the challenge this represented to traditional values and ways of life, the crackdown on this youth culture by the Park Chung-hee government, and the centuries old fear that the import of Western technology might also bring about the end of Korean culture.

Matt VanVolkenburg has lived in Korea, on-and-off, since 2001. His research focuses on modern Korean history, through an analysis of music, film, inter-cultural reactions, and the approach taken to foreigners. This research contributed to the United Nations Committee on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination bringing a case against the Korean government over its HIV testing of foreign professionals. Matt runs the blog ‘Gusts of Popular Feeling’ (

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