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"Protesting America brings a refreshingly new perspective to anti-US protests and US-South Korea relations."
(Pacific Affairs 2014-06-01)

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“Drawing on a wealth of firsthand information and with an unmatched understanding of domestic political nuance and international context, Katharine Moon persuasively argues that the rise of anti-American and nationalist sentiment in South Korea is not the result of something intrinsic to Korean identity, but has its roots in the country’s rapid democratization and recent political decentralization. This book will be of great interest to anyone interested in NGOs and transnational advocacy movements, democratization, the Korea-U.S. security alliance, and the complex phenomenon we often crudely refer to as ‘anti-Americanism.’”—Alexander Cooley, Barnard College

“Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Protesting America analyzes the coming of age of a democratic public vigorously making its voice heard on questions of foreign policy. That voice is shaped not by a uniform, psychological anti-Americanism or social Korean nationalism but by a multivocal and vibrant social movement politics. Students of alliance politics, East Asia, and American foreign policy will value the depth and political insight that this outstanding book adds to a subject that may lie dormant at times but will not go away.”—Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

“Departing from traditional explanations that have emphasized on nationalism and the generation gap, Protesting America presents a superb and fascinating alternative analysis of how democracy, civil-society activism, and local empowerment have influenced anti-Americanism in South Korea. This is a must-read for students of South Korean and Asian politics as well as American foreign policy.”—Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University

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  • Series: Seoul-California Series in Korean Studies (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Global, Area, and International Archive (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098459096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984590964
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Enloe on October 5, 2013
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Katherine Moon, Protesting America, University of California Press, 2013.
Katherine Moon is most famous for her break-through book Sex Among Allies, the first detailed account we had
(based on US and Korean records, as well as interviews) of the Washington-Seoul Cold War official cooperation to
insure that US male soldiers had access to Korean women's sexual services. Now, in Protesting America, Katherine Moon opens another new door on the US-Korean complicated relationships by shining a bright light on what has fueled South Korean twenty-first century nationalist critiques of the US and its scores of military bases. Reading Protesting America made me rethink what conditions foster popular nationalism. It turns out that the US bases' often arrogant, insensitive presence is not enough. Moon
digs deeper. She takes seriously the South Korean multi-dimensional feminist movement's uneasy relationship to nationalism. I came away from reading Protesting America pondering afresh contemporary Korean politics and nationalist movements. This is a significant book for anyone trying to get a grip on both today's Asian politics and the implications of US foreign policy in Asia.
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