Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 5, 2016)
1. As South Korea’s three opposition parties moved forward with their motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye, a destiny week has begun. While 2.32 million participated in the sixth candlelight vigil to demand Park’s resignation, the possible backlash is expected to occur whether the motion is passed or rejected.
Someone call it Park Geun-haek. If Koreans are afraid of this nuclear bomb, 2.32 million citizens will not hold candles.
Haek is a homographic pun for an atomic bomb.
2. Even if President Park Geun-hye said she would step down in April, No-Park Line in the ruling Saenuri Party would join the impeachment motion if there are no agreement between ruling and opposition parties. No Park Line who was unable to make up their mind since Park’s televised address decided to take a hard line after they witnessed a large-scale candlelight vigil last weekend.
These folks care too much what others think. They will go belly-up if they pay too much attention to other people.
3. Pundits say that government-launched history textbooks did not use a balanced approach when they discussed merits and demerits of Korean conglomerates, rather writers glorified their achievement. They criticized that the textbooks only included the economic contribution of Park Chung-hee administration and Korean tycoons by omitting efforts of labors, farmers, and small retailers.
Authors of textbooks were told to write history textbooks, but they ended up writing the biography of Park Chung-hee. Hail, Takaki Masao.
Takaki Masao is Japanese name for the former President Park Chung-hee (Park Geun-hye’s father).