South Korea’s presidential scandal still echoes throughout LA’s Korean community

Mar 14, 2017

South Korean National Assembly Votes On President Park's Impeachment Trial

South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye attends the emergency cabinet meeting at the presidential office on December 9, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. ; Credit: Bluehouse Handout/Getty Images


The political scandal roiling South Korea for the last 6 months has come to an end of sorts, with the impeachment of the country’s first female president, Park Geun-hye.

Park was charged with giving a personal friend access to sensitive government information, and for allowing her to make governmental decisions. Protests have swept the country since these allegations first surfaced, and the scope of the investigation has reached as far as the head of Samsung.

On Friday, a panel of judges ruled the move to impeach Park by lawmakers should be upheld, ending Park’s 4 year reign.

What’s next for South Korea after Park’s ouster? How has the scandal spiked conversations throughout the Korean community here in LA? We want to hear local listener reactions to the impact and repercussions of what’s happening back at home.


Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor in Korean Studies at Tufts University 

Hyepin Im, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development

Katharine H.S. Moon, a professor of Political Science and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; she is an expert on the Koreas

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