A Comparative Study of Labor Movement of Korea and China: The Perspective of Korean Workers Written by Hagen Koo

Yamei SUN


There are many similarities between the conditions of Korean workers in the 60s-90s described in Korean Workers and that of nowadays’ China, so the development conditions of labor movements in Korea can be regarded as the reference of Chinese workers’ collective actions. From these four aspects mentioned in Hagen Koo’s study—workers, external forces, government and the status quo, this article compares these two countries, and analyzes the situation of labor movements in today’s China on the basis of some strikes happened till now. This article draws the conclusion that since Chinese workers’ collective actions will become an irresistible trend, the public and the government should pay much attention to it.


Korean workers; Chinese workers; Labor movement

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