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Korean perception(s) of equality and equal protection

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  • Lee, Ilhyung
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Title Korean perception(s) of equality and equal protection
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Lee, Ilhyung

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[Newton]:Boston College

Date 2008
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Boston College International and Comparative Law Review:vol. 31(issue 1)
Pages 33
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Others
Government and Law < Laws and Legislation
Holding Boston College

Abstract

Korea has been a constitutional democracy for just twenty years after decades of authoritarian rule. Thus, “equality” is a relatively new concept to average Koreans. Perceptions of equality and equal protection are often shaped by societal culture. Two competing forces affect the Korean situation. First, Korea has deeply embedded Confucian norms that guide contemporary attitudes and practices. Second, Korea has recently undergone a radical social transformation, resulting in changing norms. Toward a more informed understanding of how Koreans perceive equality and equality rights, this Article reports the results of a survey of Korean reactions to a hypothetical suggesting disparate treatment by a commercial airline. The survey assesses whether participants view the airline’s action as (i) discriminatory and/or (ii) unlawful, and (iii) what actions they would take. The vast majority saw the action as discriminatory; a significantly smaller majority viewed it as illegal. (The rest omitted)