Under the Juniper Tree: The 2012 Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un

By | November 17, 2014

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.

Friends in Need: Choe Swoops in on DPRK-Russia Relations

By | November 15, 2014

On Monday, Korean Workers’ Party Secretary Choe Ryong-hae will embark upon an extended visit to Russia as a special representative of the Kim government. In this, his debut essay for Sino-NK, analyst Anthony Rinna looks at the potential of the visit, and its limitations.

Yongusil 53: A World of Koreanists in Hawaii

By | November 11, 2014

The 7th World Congress of Korean Studies was held at the University of Hawaii, Manoa’s East West Center. Sino-NK was there, presenting and listening to the latest in empirical output from the world of Korean Studies.

No Country for Old Men (or Women): #Shigak no. 15

By | November 10, 2014

This issue of #Shigak takes a back-to-basics approach, homing in on issues that voters everywhere really care about: jobs, housing, and the economy. But there’s still room for appearances from Ahn Cheol-soo and the Sewol.

Spaces of Leisure: The Socialist Modern at Rest and Play

By | November 09, 2014

In this final essay of a new triliogy, Robert Winstanley-Chesters traces connections between early repertoires of promenading on the banks of the Taedong and contemporary watery manifestations at Munsu and Rungna.

Boondoggle on the Yalu: China’s Useless New Bridge to North Korea

By | November 03, 2014

A huge new piece of bilateral infrastructure on the Sino-North Korean frontier is to remain unopened for the foreseeable future. Sino-NK provides Chinese context to the news.