Identity, Security, and the Nation: Understanding the South Korean Response to North Korean Defectors

By | April 22, 2016

In this review essay, Dr. Sarah Son summarizes her contribution to an Asian Ethnicity special issue (Spring 2016) on North Koreans in South Korea. Her work explores the simultaneous portrayal of this group as both “us” and “them” in public policy discourse.

Yongusil 84: Christina Kim on Reworking the Frame in Dandong

By | April 18, 2016

In an exciting new Yongusil, Christina Kim steps up to introduce a slice of the emerging networks and relations along the border of North Korea and China. This Yongusil is based on Kim’s work in Dandong with Kang Ju-won.

Yongusil 83: Narrative, Identity and Citizenship: How North Korean Defectors Shape Politics at “Home” and Abroad

By | March 28, 2016

In a panel at the Association for Asian Studies annual conference on the morning of Sunday, April 3, a small group of scholars will come together in an interdisciplinary conversation that seeks to elucidate the politics around North Korean defectors, examining their activities and the reception of their experiences on the Korean peninsula and globally.

Local and Limited: The Sociopolitical Implications of Segmented Marketization in North Korea

By | March 21, 2016

In the fifth part of our contemporary marketization series, Philo Kim takes a sociologist’s lens to the North Korean economy to find out why marketization hasn’t led to large-scale change or transformation.

Taming the Tiger: China Checks South Korean Adventurism

By | March 15, 2016

Inho Choi outlines the recent Sino-South Korean debate over THAAD and evaluates its implications for Chinese views (and possible revisions) of the Northeast Asian security order.

A Roundtable Review of Hyun Ok Park’s The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea

By | March 07, 2016

Capital — it’s what lies beneath, argues sociologist Hyun Ok Park in her new transnational history of Korea. Meeting Park’s hefty tome head on, a Toronto-based historian and the Sino-NK team consider the work’s main claim, along with a number of thematic tributaries.

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