… stuffed with money.

Donald Kirk at Asia Times explores this particularly virulent Korean disease especially in light of the latest scandal involving Roh Moo-hyun.  No former President of the Sixth Republic has been untarnished.

Although the amount of money talked about pales in comparison to the type of funds Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo syphoned from the system, the corruption is still deeply rooted.

Per the article:

But what is it, Koreans often ask themselves, about their society that makes corruption at the highest levels so appealing..? “It has to do with the culture,” said Kim Sung-hak, a Hanyang University scholar, wrestling with a response. “Corruption is condoned at the highest level. Korean culture is a social relationship, not a written contract.”

“Confucianism was the governing social philosophy,” said Kim. “Family and regional ties are very important… until or unless jealous foes get suspicious and manage to publicize and destroy the plot in their own drive for power.”