Vulnerability of "Geopolitics from Below" : Atomic Bomb victims in Hapcheon-gun, South Korea

Authors: Jewon Ryu*, Department of geography, Kyung Hee university, Yong Hyuk Cho, Department of geography, Kyung Hee University
Topics: Political Geography, Asia, Cultural Geography
Keywords: political geography, memory, place, vulnerable, geopolitics, scale
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The way to remember depends on the agent and society. From this point of view, this paper focuses on the Atomic bomb dropped on August 6th, 1945, which resulted in being liberated from the Japanese colonialism. For Korean people, the phrase ‘atomic bombing’ was just used to signify the end of the war. Korean atomic bomb survivors have not been given enough care from the government and the society. However, this mindset has started to change. For example, on August 6th, 2018, Japanese media simultaneously broadcasted the memorial service for Hiroshima and Korea for the first time. In October of the same year, the former Japanese prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, visited the Korean atomic bomb survivors and urged Japan to pay compensation. This paper approaches the geographical viewpoint of how victims were remembered in Korea so far. This paper tackles the following viewpoints: East Asian geopolitics, the relation between Korea and Japan, nuclear-related inter-Korean relations, changes in the Korean government, the formation of civil society, discourse on nuclear power, and activation of local governments. In conclusion, it will be the cornerstone for remembering all alienated memories.

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