1.4 In the Club: Student Politics and the Struggle for Democracy in South Korea
Please join me in welcoming noted author and artist Ryan Estrada to The Caves of Altamira for a discussion of his multi-award winning, highly acclaimed, graphic novel Banned Book Club. Listen to our real time reactions to an authoritarian plot in 2020s America as we prepare to discuss a book about combatting authoritarian plots in 1980s South Korea. Hear Ryan recount only learning after years of being together that his wife was once a person of interest to the military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan. Learn about the mechanics of disseminating subversive content before the days of ‘shares’, ‘likes’, and ‘retweets’, such as hiding underground newspapers in toilet stalls. Speaking of ‘retweets’, discover how Ryan’s For Exposure twitter feed has become a key protagonist in the struggle against the work for exposure racket. Lastly, Ryan nurtures a budding Caves tradition by announcing a forthcoming book, so stayed tuned to the end for that.
Lastly, since we discuss it in the episode here is a link to a recent Korean film centered around the Gwangju Uprising and subsequent violent state crackdown in 1980: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6878038/