Cassandra Santana

Faculty Mentor(s)

Volha Isakava (World Languages)


Gen Z in Korea
Gen Z or Generation Z consists of people in the age range of about 7-25-year-olds. Much of the younger generation in Korea often carry the heavyweight of societal pressure and family expectation throughout their lifetime. Despite facing so much stress, they have taken charge in many situations. Over the past decade or so, a lot of the younger generation have stepped up to contribute to their society. Many have worked their avenue of social change into daily reality. The first being the protests and rallies in Korea. Much of the protests happening have been about political challenges, with the majority of the people being high schoolers, middle schoolers, and young families with the influence of young people, some older people who fought with them. Looking at the last decade, there have been a number of students becoming politically invested in their country to fight for what they believe is right. One example of gen z’s impact on Korean society is candlelight protests. The protest was held against former President Park Geun-Hye due to her inability to help people and being in political scandals, and much more. Another is the rallies for the LGBTQ community; this is due to much of the younger generation being more open or liberal about people’s sexualities.

Keywords: Change, Involvement, Fighting.


4 thoughts on “Gen Z in Korea”

  1. Cassandra very delicately touched on a very important and sensitive topic. She utilized multiple research sources well as examples to support her analysis of the phenomenon “Gen Z culture in Korea”. Cassandra not only touched on significant events, such as candlelight movements, Seoul Pride Pa, but also primary sources in real interviews from multiple people. Cassandra is a deep thinker. She strongly put her thoughts into the effects of these events and results.

  2. Thank you, Cassandra, for this thoughtful work. While Gen Z is generally geared towards MeToo, Pride, and Justice movements, I also read somewhat concerning comments about GenZ aggressive conservative activism that bashes feminism, migrant workers, and unions. What do you think about these multiple trends in this generation?

  3. Thank you, Cassandra, for this insightful presentation. While Gen Z is generally known for their tendency towards justice (MeToo and Pride), I also read concerning comments about their aggressive conservative activism. There may be small but very aggressive bashing of unions, feminist women, migrant workers, and North Korean refugees. How do you depict this conservative hate activism in the larger picture of Gen Z?

  4. Great work, Cassandra! It is fascinating to see how different global movements gain prominence in Korea and are localized by the cultural context there. My question is about the concept of Hell Joseon. Do you think the movements you describe are connected to the idea of Hell Joseon, and if so, how do you think the concept influences the movements? I am thinking also about the 4B movement (no marriage, no dating, no children, no sex) as part of the rebellion against the status quo and the pressure cooker of Korean society. Do you think this movement is related to the “no corset” movement?

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