This issue of #Shigak covers a range of topics from the middle of November until the middle of December including the persecution of the “Saegye six,” the transportation of coal from Russia to South Korea via Ranjin, and the factional politics surrounding the nomination of a new party chairperson for the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.
Placing Asian and Korean border spaces in a wider context, Sino-NK reviews the recent Asian Borderland Research Network conference at the City University of Hong Kong.
Chinese policy debate over North Korea has been rather fractious of late. A new translation by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga shows Zhang Liangui wading into the fray, via an essay for a premier foreign affairs periodical in the PRC.
The British Association of Korean Studies held its semi-annual conference in the defiantly industrial steel city of Sheffield recently. Sino-NK was there to encounter ruptures and parallels.
This issue of #Shigak looks at a number of bills that passed South Korea’s National Assembly to address issues surrounding the Sewol ferry sinking and the country’s underdeveloped welfare state. Other topics include a temporary workers strike, the Sewol ferry captain’s jail sentence, and Sino-Korean economic ties.
In early November, an article appeared in the Donga Ilbo which described an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un in November 2012, and its aftermath. The article was never translated in full… until The Korean and Sino-NK joined forces.