Globalization Of South Korea Joined The Wave Of Globalization

751 Words Apr 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Since South Korea joined the wave of globalization, it has benefited from the global market while being challenged by the impacts from outside, both socially and economically. During the late 20th century, Korea could hardly keep its “Miracle on Han”; in order to survive the competition with foreign goods that came with the economic globalization, Korean companies chose to exploit their workers more than ever. Yet what brought by the socio-cultural globalization was the awareness of democracy and human rights. Influenced by the trend of thought, workers began to fight for their rights.
The contrast between economic and socio-cultural globalization could even seem contrary, which can be seen in the case of foreign workers. As Moon points out, “globalization has generated the demand for and movement of foreign workers into South Korea”(148). These migrants workers did the “dirty, dangerous, difficult” (3D) jobs and were poorly paid while facing discrimination from other people(153). Their existence also aroused Korean people’s nationalism, making their life here even tougher. Nonetheless, the foreign workers were a part of socio-cultural globalization as well. Human organizations such as the Joint Committee on Migrant Workers in Korea(JCMK) were established to protect foreign workers’ rights. During their campaign, the activists smartly “advocat[ed] on their behalf explicitly frame their call for justice in the normative language of globalization, that is, human rights and…

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