But the mood is different in South Korea these days. There’s always been public opposition to corruption and nepotism in the country’s chaebol conglomerates, but the country has never seen anything like the massive protests that swept the streets last year and helped drive President Park’s approval rating down to four percent. In a climate like this, where widespread outrage can lead to the impeachment of a president, even a Samsung chairman might have reason to worry.
When a Korean, Chinese, African, or South-American man gives money to politicians in exchange for favours, we call it corruption. When a western man gives money to politicians in exchange for favours, we call it lobbying.
Language shapes perception.