- Ye Olde Chosun—or at least the two companies it hired—broke down the Twitter numbers over the last three months and discovered something interesting—contrary to popular opinion, which holds that the Korean Twitterverse is a bastion of left-wing/progressive opinion, most (62.6%) of the tweets (including retweets) that mentioned “Park Geun-hye” and her dad Park Chung-hee in the same tweet were positive, while the overwhelming number (90.1%) of tweets that mentioned Moon Jae-in and his former boss, Roh Moo-hyun, in the same tweet were negative. Tweet mentions also roughly mirrored the election results.
- The conservative press is piling on United Progressive Party candidate Lee Jung-hee. According to experts, a sense of insecurity among voters in their 50s and 60s was a major factor in Park’s victory, reports the Chosun Ilbo. North Korea’s missile launch and suspicions that late President Roh tried to abandon the NLL were among the causes of this insecurity, but Lee’s rhetoric during the debates also helped drive older voters to the polls. In sum, older voters felt attacks on Park Chung-hee were attacks on them. The Chosun also suggests that the opposition siege of the NIS agent also led to blowback.
The Dong-A Ilbo also pointed to Lee’s rhetoric as a factor in mobilizing the conservative vote. It also notes that her party may now become the wangtta of the progressive movement.
Now, how much of this is true and how much of this is self-justifications of the conservative media’s pre-election coverage, I leave up to you.
- Some of the names being bandied about within the SNP for chairman of the presidential transition team include Public Happiness Promotion Committee chairman Kim Jong-in, former Kim Dae-jung chief of staff Han Kwang-ok, National Future Institute (or something like that) director Kim Gwang-du, and former Deputy Prime Minster in Charge of Economic Affairs Jin Nyum. A lot of folk from the Honam region, including several former Kim Dae-jung administration officials. Some other names being talked about are SNU professor Song Ho-geun and former People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy co-chair and former Beautiful Foundation head Minister Park Sang-jeung, who recently seems to have undergone a conversion to the (moderate) right.
- That a lot of former DJ folk might be included in the Park administration shouldn’t be surprising. In the Jeolla provinces, there seems to be some resentment that a) the current DUP movers are former Roh guys from Busan/Gyeongsangnam-do and b) that the DUP takes them for granted, or as former Democratic Party heavyweight Han Hwa-gap (from the Jeolla provinces) put it while announcing his support for Park Geun-hye prior to the election, “The current Democratic Party just needs the Jeolla provinces for votes; it doesn’t do anything for the Jeolla provinces. As long as the Jeolla provinces support the Democratic Party, it’s a Democratic Party colony.” Now, the Jeolla provinces still voted heavily in favor of Moon Jae-in, so make of that what you will.
- Something interesting about the Seoul Education chief elections—according to exit polls, voters in their 20s broke in favor of the conservative candidate. According to the Chosun, this is because voters in their 20s are the first generation to have been schooled after the legalization of the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union (KTU) in 1999. To sum up the Chosun, voters in the 30s (who voted for the progressive candidate, the former chief of the KTU) remember KTU teachers as hardworking, friendly and passionate, while those in their 20s remember them for their excessive political and ideological activity.
- The good folks at podcast Nakkomsu are currently facing complaints from the NIS, Park Geun-hye’s brother and the Saenuri Party. Jesus. See this for some background.
- Last, but not least, Russian-born entertainer Larisa kept her pre-election promise. In a theater in Daehangno, she did the horse dance nude. And the Dong-A Ilbo, bless their hearts, were there to photograph it.