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Has Nationalism Weakened?: Korean Online Discussions about Sporting Nationalism and Citizenship in the 2014 Winter Olympics

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This paper aims to explore changing characteristics of sporting nationalism in South Korea by examining online discussions on a speed skater Viktor Ahn’s change of citizenship to Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
First, this study has shown that many Korean people didn’t blame Ahn rather cheered for him because Ahn is not recognized as a traitor of Korea but a victim of corrupt and irrational system of Korean society. Second, in people’s discussion of changing citizenship, Ahn as a sporting hero has been represented as an epitome of cosmopolitan subject. Rhetoric of meritocracy plays an important role in the discussion of cosmopolitanism. People’s cosmopolitan desire seems to overwhelm traditional nationalism in Korea. However, it does not necessarily mean that Korean nationalism has weakened. Finally, this study shows that people’s discussions on Ahn’s changing citizenship paradoxically reveal the desire for strong nation and superiority of Koreanness.

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Kim, Jinsook. "Has Nationalism Weakened?: Korean Online Discussions about Sporting Nationalism and Citizenship in the 2014 Winter Olympics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21, 2015 <Not Available>. 2018-02-13 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p983970_index.html>

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Kim, J. , 2015-05-21 "Has Nationalism Weakened?: Korean Online Discussions about Sporting Nationalism and Citizenship in the 2014 Winter Olympics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-02-13 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p983970_index.html

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Abstract: This paper aims to explore changing characteristics of sporting nationalism in South Korea by examining online discussions on a speed skater Viktor Ahn’s change of citizenship to Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
First, this study has shown that many Korean people didn’t blame Ahn rather cheered for him because Ahn is not recognized as a traitor of Korea but a victim of corrupt and irrational system of Korean society. Second, in people’s discussion of changing citizenship, Ahn as a sporting hero has been represented as an epitome of cosmopolitan subject. Rhetoric of meritocracy plays an important role in the discussion of cosmopolitanism. People’s cosmopolitan desire seems to overwhelm traditional nationalism in Korea. However, it does not necessarily mean that Korean nationalism has weakened. Finally, this study shows that people’s discussions on Ahn’s changing citizenship paradoxically reveal the desire for strong nation and superiority of Koreanness.


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