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The Korea Now Podcast

Feb 5, 2020

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Emma Campbell. They speak about frameworks and methodologies for understanding national identity, the history of Korean nationalism, how it has developed overtime, the traditional idea – and importance – of an ethnic centric form of national identity, how polling data is now showing a shift in attitudes away from this framework, the increasing hesitation toward the prospects of reunification within South Korea, the rapidly changing South Korea that young people now find themselves in, the pride that is now felt with the modernity and cosmopolitanism of the country, how current debates about Korean nationalism are playing out, and importantly the rise of a “globalised cultural nationalism” and how it is replacing older ideas of national identity.

Emma Campbell is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Previous roles include Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University’s Korea Institute and Adviser to Australia's Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. Emma previously worked with Médecins sans Frontières in Africa and the Middle East on various projects including HIV/TB, refugees, armed conflict and Ebola. She was also a Researcher at the North Korea Database Centre. Emma runs the website ‘NK Humanitarian’ ( and is the author of: ‘South Korea’s New Nationalism: The End of “One Korea”?’ (

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