Video footage from “Gwangju Video: The Missing” shows a rally calling for an investigation into the Gwangju Uprising massacre. I was also given the opportunity to interview Don Kirk, a foreign reporter in Seoul during the uprising and Kim Newton, a photographer during South Korea’s Democratic Movement, who gave me photos from his “South Korean Democracy: 1987” and “South Korean Impeachment: 2017” gallery. He said he wanted to ride again in Mr. Kim’s cab through the streets of a “new Korea,” a vibrant democracy. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. The role played by the U.S. military during the uprising led to an increase in anti-American sentiment among South Korean students and activists. THE GWANGJU UPRISING: TRIUMPHS FROM TRAGEDY, When looking for a 2019 NHD topic, I had compiled and researched 60+ historical topics, however, none had interested me as much as the Gwangju Uprising. It took the military only two hours to completely crush the uprising. Telephone lines had been cut by the military; some reporters walked miles to villages to line up at the nearest phones still working. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. In regards to primary sources, originally I struggled to find any. Pro-democracy demonstrators had taken control of the city and were calling for an end to military rule. On a personal note, watching the footage with my mother was a powerful experience. The junta blamed “vicious rioters” and “communist agitators” for the casualties, saying the military had been there only to protect people. Contrasting with previous research, I argue, first, that A Taxi Driver adds to our knowledge of the Gwangju protests a story about the essential role of images in the contentious politics of the democratisation movement. As the uprising continued, protesters broke into police stations and armories to seize weapons. Once back in Seoul, he hid it in a large can of cookies, which he wrapped in gold-colored foil and green ribbons so it would pass for a wedding gift. The Gwangju Uprising truly fits this year’s theme of triumph and tragedy, because, despite the tragic deaths and neglect of human rights, the uprising prompted direct elections in 1987 and encourage political accountability in South Korea. Kwangju—the provincial capital of South Chŏlla (South Jeolla), in southwestern South Korea—which had a long history of political opposition and a simmering grievance toward the Park regime, was a centre of the pro-democracy movement. His footage was delivered to Germany and broadcast worldwide. The dictator finally agreed to a democratic overhaul, including free elections, in 1987. Skip to navigation, Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review. This article asks how the story of radical political change is articulated in A Taxi Driver, South Korea’s most-viewed and highest-grossing film on the Uprising. Korean who jumped border fence into South was gymnast’, [News Focus] Jeju has highest proportion of registered foreign residents for 4th year, Nighttime bus services reduced; Daycare centers closed in Seoul, BTS gets Grammy nod in another landmark feat, Choo orders suspension of top prosecutor from duty, IATA exec says more consolidation in aviation possible, Symposiums to be held to celebrate 2020 Nobel Prizes, LG Display appoints new CTO, first female senior vice president, Top 10 conglomerates’ market cap exceeds W1,000tr, Choo-Yoon proxy war plays out in politics, Following suspension, Olympic skating champion wants to enjoy competition again, S. Korea to mass produce advanced tactical ground-based missiles, Hyundai Motor chief meets Lotte chairman for future mobility partnership. Skip to Content Nearly a quarter of a million people participated in the rebellion.