* Date : 2017-12-28
4 Angles Ep.201
Overview of 2017 Politics & Diplomacy
The Korean public was at the heart of the unprecedented political turmoil in 2017 with the first impeachment of a president in history and the launch of the Moon Jae-in administration. The Moon administration is striving to eradicate all the contradictions and social ills prevalent in society while also pushing forward balanced diplomacy with the U.S. and China amid continuous provocations from North Korea. Take a look back at Korea’s politics and diplomacy in 2017.
Overview of 2017 Economy
Despite the massive political turmoil, the Korean economy has seen 3% economic growth with trade volume reaching US$1 trillion for the first time in three years. At the close of the year 2017, we take a look back at some of the issues that shaped the Korean economy, including President Moon’s economic policy “J-nomics,” China’s retaliation against the deployment of THAAD, the Internet-only bank Kakao Bank, and the vitual currency bitcoin.
Overview of 2017 Social Issues
"Pa sa hyeon jeong (破邪顯正)" has been chosen as the four Chinese-character phrase that best describes Korean society in 2017. The phrase literally means "breaking false doctrines and bringing out the right," namely "a fight for right against wrong." As the phrase indicates, one of the biggest issues in Korea in 2017 was eradicating numerous deep-rooted social ills throughout the country. From the Kim Young-ran Act to the salvage of the Sewol-ho ferry to blind recruiment to the nationwide egg scare, let’s zoom in on some of the most significant social issues throughout the year.
Overview of 2017 Arts and Culture
2017 has been an eventful year for the arts and entertainment industries as well. It was revealed that the previous administration had a blacklist of cultural figures deemed unfriendly to the former president, barring them from government-controlled support programs. Also, the “YOLO” lifestyle caused a phenomenal sensation among youngsters, and the boy band BTS took the world by storm, making it to a Billboard Top 10 artist on the charts' year-end list for 2017. Look back at the arts and culture of Korea in 2017.