chapter  16
Changing Perceptions in U.S.-Korean Relations and the Rise of Anti-Americanism
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Roh Moo Hyun, the newly elected president of the Republic of Korea (ROK), has faced a major problem that he surely neither wants nor needs: a rising tide of antiAmericanism that has assumed proportions previously unseen on the Korean Peninsula. In the December 2002 elections, Roh, the candidate of the ruling Millennium Democratic Party (MDP), handily defeated Lee Hoe Chang, candidate of the Grand National Party (GNP), the opposition leader who had narrowly lost to outgoing President Kim Dae-Jung in the 1996 presidential face-off.