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The Rise of Authoritarian Ethnonationalism in East Asian Democracies

Authors: Colin Pate*, University of Kansas
Topics: Political Geography, Asia, Regional Geography
Keywords: authoritarianism, ethnonationalism, East Asia, South Korea, Japan, globalization
Session Type: Paper
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Many scholars have found that the recent resurgence of authoritarian ethnonationalism is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon that could threaten the geopolitical stability of international order. Although much of the news and media covering this phenomenon is focused on the West or the recent protests in Hong Kong, the democratic nations of the Asia-Pacific region do not receive as much of this coverage. This shift towards ethnonationalism is also occurring in other East Asian countries. This paper discusses the rise of ethnonationalism in Japan and South Korea and its connection with the internet and social media in order to understand the potentially destabilizing effects of these movements.

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