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Sunday, September 30, 2012
The sins of the father bearing down on the daughter
The New York Times has an article talking about how people's impression of Park Geunhye's father is affecting how they might feel about Park Geunhye and her own race for the presidency.
That man was Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea with an iron hand for 18 years, until his assassination in 1979. Despite continuing ambivalence over his rule — he is credited with spearheading South Korea's extraordinary economic rise while harshly suppressing dissent — polls consistently show him to be the country's most popular former president. Now his daughter, Park Geun-hye, is seeking the presidency as the candidate of the conservative governing New Frontier Party, and she is not only riding on his residual popularity but also carrying the burden of his more negative legacy.