Author: Roh Moo-hyun
364 pages | 225*153mm
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About This Book
Roh Moo-hyun (1 September 1946 – 23 May 2009) was the 16th President of South Korea (2003–2008). Before entering politics, he was a human rights lawyer.
Roh's pre-presidential political career focused on human rights advocacy for student activists in South Korea. His electoral career later expanded to a focus on overcoming regionalism in South Korean politics, culminating in his election to the presidency. The election was strongly influenced by activists on the Internet, and particularly via OhmyNews—the first time this had ever happened in Korea.
Roh's election was notable for the arrival to power of a new generation in Korean politics, the so-called 386 Generation, (i.e. people in their thirties when the term was coined, who had attended university in the 1980s, and who were born in the 1960s). This generation had been veterans of student protests against authoritarian rule, and advocated an assertively nationalist line towards the United States and Japan, and a conciliatory approach towards North Korea. They took up many positions on Roh's staff.
Despite high initial hopes, however, Roh's administration quickly became dogged by accusations of incompetence, while Roh's frequent personal clashes with his opponents and critics would eventually undermine public support. Conflict would continue throughout his presidency, which was characterized by continual labor unrest, personal feuds with the media, and diplomatic friction with the United States and Japan. Many of Roh's political gambles, including a plan to move the capital, and a plan to form a coalition with the opposition, also fizzled.
One year and two months after leaving office, Roh became the center of a bribery scandal. This scandal, the collapse of the "Pro-Roh faction" of politicians, the collapse of the Uri Party and the defeat of its successor Democratic Party in the National Assembly, and the defeat of Roh's designated successor in the presidential elections, marked a decline in the political fortunes of the 386 Generation that had brought Roh to power.
Roh committed suicide on 23 May 2009 by jumping from a mountain cliff, after leaving a suicide note. His suicide was confirmed by police.
Roh left the following note, according to the secretary who found it on his computer:
I am indebted to too many people.
I have caused many to suffer too much pain.
I cannot imagine how much more pain will have to follow.
My life has become nothing but a burden.
My health has deteriorated to the point that I can't do anything.
I can't even read or write.
Don't be too sad.
Both life and death are parts of nature.
Do not be sorry. Do not blame anyone. It's destiny.
Cremate. Leave nothing but a very small gravestone.
I've thought about this for a long time.
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