Title

One small action for the larger movement

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Publication Title

The Candlelight Movement, Democracy, and Communication in Korea

DOI

10.4324/9780367823115-4

First Page

23

Last Page

33

Abstract

The 2016-2017 candlelight vigils urging presidential impeachment in South Korea differ from other previous massive social movements. It was the first transnational social movement in which not only Koreans in Korea but also overseas Koreans in more than 26 cities within 70 countries participated and resulted in social change. Employing ethnographic approaches, this study highlights the role of digital diaspora, which had been at the center of the Korean diaspora’s evolution, from the Sewol ferry movement to the 2016-2017 worldwide candlelight vigils. The research argues that digital diaspora serves as a signal of a new era - where people can connect with one another, develop a sense of belonging and solidarity, and lead to change beyond physical locations, as long as there is a digital media presence.

Department

Film and Theatre

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