The religious community isn’t always as popular with Korea as it is with god but, there’s no denying that religious groups have always played their part in civil society and democratisation in South Korea.
Earlier this year, a Catholic group created a comic book documenting the continued attempts to build a naval base on Jeju Island, specifically at Gangjeong village, which finds itself at the centre of what has become somewhat of a modern-day South Korean anti-imperialist movement as the below cartoon by “anti-globalisation, anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism” (more aunties than my aunty Margaret) Brazilian artist Carlos Latuff portrays:
But Brazilian cartoonists aren’t the only ones to protest. Political podcasters Naggomsu, the world’s most popular podcasters, are regular vocal opponents to the military construction, here they are holding up a protest banner in London a few months ago:
Many fear that the building of a naval base on Jeju will just serve as another base for the US Navy to exert power across East Asia in the face of a rising China. The below is an English translation of the Catholic comic by Twitter user @gocherryj as originally hosted here that aims to cover some of these issues. Whilst the translated images aren’t as typographically pleasing as their Korean originals, the message is nevertheless the same. Click on the English images to see the original Korean.
From Catholic News: