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February 1, 2021 54 min

Please join me in welcoming noted author and artist Ryan Estrada to The Caves of Altamira for a discussion of his multi-award winning, highly acclaimed, graphic novel Banned Book Club. Listen to our real time reactions to an authoritarian plot in 2020s America as we prepare to discuss a book about combatting authoritarian plots in 1980s South Korea. Hear Ryan recount only learning after years of being together that his wife was once a person of interest to the military dictatorship of Chun Doo Hwan. Learn about the mechanics of disseminating subversive content before the days of ‘shares’, ‘likes’, and ‘retweets’, such as hiding underground newspapers in toilet stalls. Speaking of ‘retweets’, discover how Ryan’s For Exposure twitter feed has become a key protagonist in the struggle against the work for exposure racket. Lastly, Ryan nurtures a budding Caves tradition by announcing a forthcoming book, so stayed tuned to the end for that.

Link to Banned Book Club https://www.amazon.com/Banned-Book-Club-Hyun-Sook/dp/194582042X

Ryan’s website where you can find information about his other works: https://www.ryanestrada.com/

And for anyone who wanted to take a deep dive into the 1980s student protest movement in South Korea here is a link to a phenomenal work on the subject by Namhee Lee: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Minjung-Democracy-Politics-Representation/dp/0801475732

Lastly, since we discuss it in the episode here is a link to a recent Korean film centered around the Gwangju Uprising and subsequent violent state crackdown in 1980: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6878038/

 

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