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KOREAN PRESIDENT ROH MOO-HYUN VISITS SEATTLE
Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea, (R) and his wife Kwon Yang wave to Korean-American community leaders before departing from Boeing Field in Seattle on July 1, 2007. The president and his wife met with Korean-Americans during their one-day stay in Seattle. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)
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Roh Moo-hyun (Korean pronunciation: ) GOM GCB (1 September 1946 – 23 May 2009) was the 16th President of South Korea (2003–2008).

Roh's pre-presidential political career was focused on human rights advocacy for student activists in South Korea. His electoral career later expanded to a focus on overcoming regionalism in South Korean politics, culminating in his election to the presidency. The election was strongly influenced by activists on the Internet, and particularly via a internet news provider "OhmyNews" —the first time this had ever happened in Korea.

Roh's election was notable for the arrival to power of a new generation in Korean politics, the so-called 386 Generation, (i.e. people in their thirties when the term was coined, who had attended university in the 1980s, and who were born in the 1960s). This generation had been veterans of student protests against authoritarian rule, and advocated an assertively nationalist line towards the United States and Japan, and a conciliatory approach towards North Korea. They took up many positions on Roh's staff.

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