Korean government takes the lead in persecuting the private persons who
disagree with narrow-minded nationalism. we can not find the political
forces which oppose to blind nationalism in Korea. There seems little possibility
to be improved in the short term.
O Seonhwa was refused to "return home" for the funeral for her mother.
Recently, a famous female critic, O Seonhwa(A professor at Takushoku University)
was going to return to Korea for the funeral for her mother living in Cheju
Then she was temporarily refused entry to Korea at Cheju Airport. She is
well known for her books about Japan and Korea, such as "Wind of the
skirt", "The way toward Korea annexation" and others.
This refusal of her entry was based on the Korean officials' move. Korean
officials have taken the move against her to ban from entering Korea because
of her "anti-Korean activities".
But O Seonhwa has already become a naturalized Japanese, and she asked
Japanese Consulate General in Cheju to negotiate with Korean officials.
At last she was allowed to "return home" for the reason of "humanitarian
Officials say at first she was refused to enter Korea by the immigration
control desk of Cheju Airport on the 1st of October. She was stopped for a
few hours in this airport and told to return Japan on designated flight.
O Seonhwa was born in Cheju and since 80's. She has been staying in Japan for study and others.
She continued her literary activity, and has criticized severely against Korea.
Then she has been always exposed to criticism of Korean media and others. nothing out of the ordinary.
O Seonhwa never engages in political activity which can lead to overthrow
Korean government. She just discuss and criticize today's Korean culture
and politics by justifiable speech.
The problem is that Korean government violates human rights as the former
socialist states, and not only private associations but also many private
persons often join these violations aggressively (Refer here).
This may be hard to believe, but we can not find the political
forces which oppose to blind nationalism in Korea. Then I'm afraid that
there seems little possibility to be improved in the short