Erik Thurman commemorates the tragic murder in Gangnam six months ago to highlight the continuing problem of misogyny in South Korea

Misogyny in South Korea, Part I: Gangnam Murder


Editor’s Note:

Last week was the six-month anniversary of the murder of a young woman near Gangnam Station. The murder sparked an explosive discussion in South Korean society about rampant misogyny. This comic strip is the first in a three-part installment that discusses feminism and gender inequality since the Gangnam murder in May. 


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Correction: The comic mistakenly portrays professor Hong Seong-su’s gender as female. He is a male professor of law at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul. 



Author/illustrator Erik Thurman is an award-nominated creator who specializes in comics journalism and nonfiction comics about current political and social issues. He is based in Seoul, Korea.


  1. Heartbreaking story. Great illustration.
    BTW, professor Hong Seong-su is male. He seems somehow misrepresented as female in the graphic, perhaps, he teaches at women’s university?

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