American Image of Kim Dae Jung of South Korea

Young-gwan Lee


Abstract The victory of Kim Dae Jung on the presidential election of the Republic of Korea on December 18, 1997 was significant for South Korean political history and Korean-American relations.  Kim became the first President from the opposition party as well as the first one from Jolla Province.  Although he was considered as a symbol of democracy he was able to win the election because of the financial crisis took place few weeks before the election.  Most of American newspaper editorials emphasized the importance of economic reform for Kim Dae Jung while they hesitated to predict his success as President.  Americans were also experienced the transition of power for their important ally country a new chapter in Korean-American relations. 


Kim Dae Jung, South Korea, Financial Crisis of 1997, American Public Opinion, Gwangju Democratic Movement, North Korea

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