Park Geun-hye takes an oath during her inauguration as South Korea’s president in 2013. Park’s fall from grace does not make her the worst of the six South Koreans elected since 1987. Rather, the scandal in which she’s been implicated places her in the mainstream of Korean history. Photo: AP

For South Korea, could Park Geun-hye’s downfall be one scandal too many?

Donald Kirk says public disgust at the cosy relationship between big government and big business may finally spark reform, after Park became the country’s sixth leader in a row to be tainted by corruption

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Park Geun-hye takes an oath during her inauguration as South Korea’s president in 2013. Park’s fall from grace does not make her the worst of the six South Koreans elected since 1987. Rather, the scandal in which she’s been implicated places her in the mainstream of Korean history. Photo: AP
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.