One of the differences I have noticed between American and Korean cultures is the stark contrast between the mechanics of public protests in those respective societies. Both seem to protest a lot. However, the American protests I have witnessed have tended to be chaotic, disorderly, and raucous affairs, while the Korean protests have appeared to be highly orchestrated, structured, and contained.
For example, there has been an ongoing local protest of certain base policies (my favorite account describes it as a “standoff between the U.S. military and ‘juicy bars’”). As a result, during the copiously scheduled protest hours that were disclosed to all parties well in advance, the base has barred service members from the neighborhood surrounding the base and closes the main gate. However, during the non-protest hours in the weeks-long dispute, the Songtan entertainment and shopping
district is business-as-usual but for a few keynote banners.