1. […] and I can’t find the results online, so you’ll have to settle for the next best thing — this report from Asan’s Kim Jiyoon, which shows us the same image in lower […]

  2. […] identity, data suggests ethnic-based identity is on the decline. A new national identity places less emphasis on race and more emphasis on civicness. Further to this, North Korea is seen less as a part of the Korean nation and more as “just […]

  3. […] Finally, Steven Denney, a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto, moved the panel’s analytical gaze south of the border and its ossified geo-political stasis to the vibrancy of contemporary South Korea. Utilizing a rich collection of empirical data (public opinion and survey data), Denney described the variations in beliefs between generations and age cohorts, focusing especially on how the values and political attitudes of Generation X (those in their 20s and 30s) are significantly different from older generations. He argued that South Koreans today are engaged in a process of self re-bordering, solidifying the sovereign divide between North and South Korea. The new South Korea—a nation in its own right—is being built on a new, pragmatic set of political attitudes and a more civic-oriented (rather than ethnic-based) national identity. […]

  4. […] Koreans are slowly becoming more liberal with the notion of “being Korean”.  In January 2013, the Asan Institute conducted a poll in which they asked people if “being born in Korea”, “having a Korean […]

  5. […] According to a survey jointly conducted by the Ministries of Education and Unification released in late August most South Korean students cite security reasons as biggest need for reunification. But, there is divide across ages of students: 71 percent of elementary school-aged students may believe reunification is necessary, compared to 54 percent of middle schoolers and 48 percent of high schoolers. As Steven Denney and John Cha pointed out on Twitter, seeing reunification as necessary, and the reasons for seeing that need, may reflect a larger change in perception of citizenship and nationalism in South Korea. Seeing North Korea as a security threat rather than common brother for the youngest generation seems particularly pronounced in the government poll. An Asan survey from 2013 traced the differences for those in their 20s through 60s, which Shin Gi-wook argues indicates weakening ethnic ties with North Korea. […]