Climate Justice in South Korea
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4M ago
Red Star Over Asia interviews Sun Cheol, who explains how the South Korean climate justice movement emerged out of tensions with the broader environmental movement's reluctance to confront "green capital," building ties with trade unions and social movements, the historical role global solidarity played, as well as resisting co-option by the state. Sun Chul is a climate activist and organizer Public Policy Institute for the People/사회공공연구원  http://m.ppip.or.kr/ Energy Labor Social Network/에너지노동사회네트워크 https://www.enosa.kr ..read more
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Workers' Democracy in China w/ Yueran Zhang
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by Red Star Over Asia
6M ago
We are back after a long hiatus, with a brilliant guest to discuss China, a topic many of our listeners have long asked us to cover. Our guest is Yueran Zhang is a PhD student in sociology at UC-Berkeley studying workers democracy movements in China, particularly in the 1970s-1980s. This episode was initially intended to be focused on the specific era of workers' self-organization in the late 1970s-1980s, but our guest also gave a brilliant schematic overview of the Chinese Revolution, the Mao era, the Deng led 'reform' period and how workers organized throughtout, all the way up to the presen ..read more
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Labor Militancy in Vietnam ft. Joe Buckley
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1y ago
We're thrilled to present this new epsiode with Joe Buckley, author of a fascinating new book, 'Vietnamese Labour Militancy: Capital-labour antagonisms and self-organised struggles' Vietnam has been undergoing significant changes, with a new Labour code that became law in 2021 allowing workers to join ‘worker representative organisations. Together with the increasing penetration of global capital into Vietnam, the situation in the country rasies a lot of interesting questions. And it's quite difficult to get solid, Marxist analysis of Vietnamese labor and social movements in English, so we we ..read more
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2022 South Korea Presidential Election Livestream (Bonus EP)
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by Red Star Over Asia
1y ago
This is the raw audio/podcast version of a YouTube livestream recorded the evening of 3/8/22 (election night), before the results were announced. We are posting this the morning of 3/9/22 and we now know that Yoon Suk-yeol, the main conservative candidate, is South Korea's President-elect and will take office in May. However, much of the commentary and analysis here is still very relevant and worth listening to. We discussed how the campaign played out, major themes of it, and most importantly, what the terrain of struggle will look like over the next five years for the South Korean left and ..read more
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Korea's Socialist Century w/ Vladimir Tikhonov (Pak Noja/박노자)
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by Red Star Over Asia
1y ago
Vladimir Tikhonov, also known by his pen name Pak Noja/박노자, is a Russian-born scholar of Korean Studies and a Professor at the University of Oslo in Norway. He has written numerous articles and books on Korean politics, particularly on the history and legacy of Korean socialist and Communist movements. His lastest book (currently only available in Korean) is available here: https://tinyurl.com/2p95684y In this episode, building upon our previous discussions with Owen Miller (see our episodes 'Early Korean Communism Pts I and II), we talk about the general arch, legacies and lessons of Korea ..read more
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Early Korean Communism Pt. 2 w/ Owen Miller
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by Red Star Over Asia
1y ago
This is part two of a two-part episode. Part one covered the origins of the Korean Communist movement and how they survived multiple splits and waves of repression by the Japanese Empire. Now, with part two, we jump forward to 1945. World War II has just ended, taking the Japanese Empire with it. Korean communists have to deal with occupying American and Soviet armies, which help create the conditions for the long-term division of the peninsula. We also cover figures such as Pak Hon-yong (a prominent leader of the South Korean Workers Party) and the purges that plagued the movement in 1955 ..read more
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Radio Free Havana: The Cuban Revolution w/ Rodrigo Huamachi Pt. 1
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1y ago
We're back for Season 2 with an epic two-part episode on Cuba! You might be asking yourself, "this is ‘Red Star Over Asia’, why is there an episode about Cuba?" Well, the Cuban Revolution has had a profound impact all over the world. Cuba historically supported anti-colonial colonial movements in Asia, Africa etc. and the Cuban experience offers a lot of lessons for socialists anywhere on the globe. We invited Rodridgo Huamachi on to discuss how the Chinese and Vietnamese models are influencing debates within the Cuban Communist Party, but our discussion went way beyond that. Part 1 is a deep ..read more
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"We Die Tonight to Live Forever": Legacy of the Gwangju Uprising ft. Kap Seol
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by Red Star Over Asia
1y ago
May 18th is the anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising, when the citizens of Gwangju launched an armed uprising against South Korea’s military regime. On October 26, 1979, South Korea's longtime military dictator, Park Chung Hee was assassinated by his own head of secret police, ending the infamous Yushin regime. However, in December of that year, General Chun Do Hwan, chief of South Korea's internal security seized power in his own coup d'tat.  On May 15 1980, students in Seoul organized mass demonstrations demanding an end to Martial Law, which had been declared after Park's assassination ..read more
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Myanmar: Coup and Resistance ft. Geoff Aung (Part 2)
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1y ago
(This is part 2 of a 2 part discussion. We highly recommend listening to part 1 before starting this episode). In February of 2021, Myanmar's military leadership annulled the results of a general election and removed the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, from power. Popular resistance immediately erupted in response to the coup, but the military has responded with an increasingly violent crackdown. The military has dominated politics in Myanmar for decades, with NLD and Suu Kyi having long been the darlings of Western liberals (the latter enjoying an almost saintly ..read more
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Myanmar: Coup and Resistance ft. Geoff Aung (Part 1)
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by Red Star Over Asia
1y ago
In February of 2021, Myanmar's military leadership annulled the results of a general election and removed the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, from power. Popular resistance immediately erupted in response to the coup, but the military has responded with an increasingly violent crackdown. The military has dominated politics in Myanmar for decades, with NLD and Suu Kyi having long been the darlings of Western liberals (the latter enjoying an almost saintly media status for a time). But what is really going on here? Geoff Aung joins us this week to discuss the coup ..read more
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