How the Olympics can reshape the Koreas

How the Olympics can reshape the KoreasWhen South Korea was chosen in 2011 to host this year’s Winter Olympics, one big hope was that North Koreans would participate with their fellow Koreans in the sporting events. The best evidence is the widespread resentment and protests after players on South Korea’s women’s ice hockey team – who practiced hard for the Olympics – had to give up 12 places for North Korean athletes just for the political purpose of showing kinship and to promote a temporary peace. The forced unity was seen as unfair and violating the norms of decency in South Korea.

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