May 19, 2024

South Korean anti-Americanism dwindles, but roots remain: Diplomat

Author suggests 'cautious optimism' in order, but says problems could potentially recur

Relations between the current governments of the U.S. and South Korea are as good as ever, and South Koreans' general sentiment toward the U.S. is very positive.

This was not always the case. In his new book Anti-Americanism in Democratizing South Korea, long-time diplomat David Straub notes that, between the late 1990s and early 2000s, Korean popular sentiment, fanned by sensationalistic media reports, suggested that the U.S. did not respect Koreans and its military was above Korean law.

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