Chanro Park


As Interviewed by Kevin Park, March 21, 2011
"Park Chung-Hee received both extreme admiration and criticism."
Chanro Park

Introductory Profile: About Chanro Park

Chanro Park was a young child during the last few years of the reign of Park Chung-Hee. A country boy, at that time, did no understand complex political maneuvering and deals. However, in the later years of his life, Chanro can use the memories of his childhood to analyze the complexity that was Park Chung-Hee.

Chanro Park was born on January 27th, 1967 in Young Yang, South Korea. Son to Byunggil Park and Hooja Yoon, who were farmers in rural Korea [South]. He grew up during the strict reign of Park Chung Hee in the 70s. Chanro, physically is around average with glasses, black hair and well maintained facial hair. Walking with knowledge and confidence, he enjoys a physical and educated lifestyle.

During my interview with Chanro Park, he felt relaxed and enthusiastic to share some of his personal stories. He really does have a great, in-depth personal opinion on Park Chung-Hee’s legacy. Chanro was very analytical during the interview, and sounded neutral, and unbiased, something that I had not expected. He wanted to tell both sides of a story he experienced, the good and the bad.

And Chanro, many years after Park Chung-Hee, can offer a deep view of his parents’ and his own generation. I could, by his narrative, understand the many factors of Park-Chung Hee. He tried to be analytical, but some personal, inspiring stories I found fascinating were told. I enjoyed this interview very much, and enjoyed that conversation.