Mountains and Seas of Gold: 2015 New Year’s Message

By | January 27, 2015

Robert Winstanley-Chesters returns to Sino-NK with his thoughts on Kim Jong-un’s 2015 New Year’s Address from a developmental and narrative point of view, going past – way, way past – debatable calls for inter-Korean rapprochement to look at the developmental sloughs and sumps therein concealed.

Over the Line: How Representative Was Yang Junfeng’s FT Article of Chinese Academic Opinion on North Korea?

By | January 24, 2015

Prompted by the 2013 dismissal of Deng Yuwen from his post at the Central Party School’s Study Times journal and the publication of an op-ed in the English-language Financial Times advocating China’s abandonment of North Korea, Sino-NK investigates how the Party responded and what ordinary academics really think about Sino-DPRK relations in China today.

Anarchy and Assimilation: A Review of Recently Published Books in East Asian Studies

By | January 23, 2015

In this dual book review, Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Steven Denney review Sho Konishi’s Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan and Todd Henry’s Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, respectively.

An Unprecedented Ruling: #Shigak no. 18

By | January 17, 2015

This issue of #Shigak looks back on the unprecedented move by South Korea’s Constitutional Court to disband the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). Other important stories include the race for opposition party leadership, new labor legislation, and some troubling developments at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.

The Real South-South Conflict Deepens

By | January 16, 2015

When Korea analysts talk about “South-South” conflict, readers envision internecine political clashes driven by the plots and plans of the Korean Workers’ Party. However, these days South Korean society is beset by enough divisive issues of its own, as Darcie Draudt notes in her latest translation.

Yongusil 56: Building Domain Consensus Through Narrative

By | January 12, 2015

The first Yongusil of 2015 encounters a reconceptualization of the bounds, nature, and possibility of “domain consensus” and its deployment in recent analysis of North Korea in the Review of Korean Studies.