South Korea's president is going through what some are calling the worst crisis of power in the country for decades. It involves a secret confidant, close family ties and questions of influence and favors at the highest level of the government. It all has the Korean community in Southern California closely watching developments.
"It's a very strange situation," said David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California. "They [the Korean community L.A.] are reacting like Koreans in Korea are reacting: with bafflement and in many cases with just outrage."
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