The Heat: South Korean crisis – President Park battles scandal

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More than 100,000 South Koreans are expected to take to the streets in protest this weekend as demands for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye continue.

Park is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal that’s seriously threatening her position as leader of South Korea.

The crisis focuses on Park’s longtime friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil who has been charged with meddling in state affairs. She also allegedly abused her relationship with the president for personal gains.

Tens of thousands have taken part in protest rallies over the last two weekends calling on the president to step aside. And that pressure looks set to grow even more this weekend.

To discuss the ongoing controversy and what it means for the Republic of Korea:

  • Jin Kai, a lecturer at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in South Korea
  • Eunjung Lim, a lecturer in Korea Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Einar Tangen, an international affairs commentator and he advises Chinese governments
  • Jee Abbey Lee, social media reporter with Voice of America
The Heat: South Korean crisis - President Park battles scandal Pt 1

The Heat: South Korean crisis - President Park battles scandal Pt 1

More than 100,000 South Koreans are expected to take to the streets in protest this weekend as demands for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye continue. Park is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal that's seriously threatening her position as leader of South Korea. The crisis focuses on Park's longtime friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil who has been charged with meddling in state affairs. She also allegedly abused her relationship with the president for personal gains. Tens of thousands have taken part in protest rallies over the last two weekends calling on the president to step aside. And that pressure looks set to grow even more this weekend. To discuss the ongoing controversy and what it means for the Republic of Korea:Jin Kai, a lecturer at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in South Korea;Eunjung Lim, a lecturer in Korea Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Einar Tangen, an international affairs commentator and he advises Chinese governments;Jee Abbey Lee, social media reporter with Voice of America.

The Heat: South Korean crisis - President Park battles scandal Pt 2

The Heat: South Korean crisis - President Park battles scandal Pt 2

More than 100,000 South Koreans are expected to take to the streets in protest this weekend as demands for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye continue. Park is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal that's seriously threatening her position as leader of South Korea. The crisis focuses on Park's longtime friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil who has been charged with meddling in state affairs. She also allegedly abused her relationship with the president for personal gains. Tens of thousands have taken part in protest rallies over the last two weekends calling on the president to step aside. And that pressure looks set to grow even more this weekend. To discuss the ongoing controversy and what it means for the Republic of Korea:Jin Kai, a lecturer at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in South Korea;Eunjung Lim, a lecturer in Korea Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Einar Tangen, an international affairs commentator and he advises Chinese governments;Jee Abbey Lee, social media reporter with Voice of America.