In an effort to discover South Korea’s history and learn more about the culture that her family grew up in, Lucy Kim ’19 traveled to South Korea Gwangju to learn about the political uprisings and protests that produced South Korea’s current democracy.
“I’m Korean American, but I have not really received the opportunity to travel to Korea regularly or many times at all,” Kim said. “I wanted to learn about the culture that my parents grew up in and the ones that my older brothers grew up in, as well as pursue the opportunity to learn more about something that I was incredibly passionate about, which was protest. ”
Kim stayed there for 20 days, and traveled to several points of interest, such as the Seodaemun Prison and the National Assembly Building. She got the chance to interview many people that helped shape the current politics of South Korea. Shemet Na Kyung Taek, a famous photographer who risked his life to take photos of the Gwangju Uprising, and interviewed Spokesperson Kim Hyun, who was a major figure for the Democratic Party of Korea.