Yongusil 50: A Cause for Optimism–Michael Kirby in Hong Kong

By | October 26, 2014

Byul Ryan-im, Sino-NK’s Junior Fellow for 2013-2014, temporarily relinquishes the Admiralty barricades for a discussion with Justice Michael Kirby.

Yongusil 49: Korean Nexus at the University of Central Lancashire

By | October 25, 2014

Launches of new Korean Studies institutions and academic programs in the United Kingdom are an extremely rare event. Sino-NK marks the arrival of the University of Central Lancashire’s Institute of Korean Studies, under the guidance of Professor Hazel Smith.

Communist Normalcy: How Authoritarian Leaders Disappear and Return

By | October 21, 2014

Kim Jong-un has now made a handful of public appearances since ending his 40+ days out of the public eye, and it appears clear that the young leader’s health was a major cause of his absence. This came as no surprise to analyst Nick Miller.

October is For Meetings: #Shigak no. 14

By | October 20, 2014

This issue of #Shigak recaps a host of “meetings” in the first half month of October, including the high-level chats between North and South Korean officials during the Asian Games and Saenuri Chair Kim Moon-sung’s pan-Chinese tête-à-tête.

On Totalitarian Art: Interview with Morten Traavik

By | October 17, 2014

Norwegian artist Morten Traavik’s cultural engagement with North Korean, which includes plans to establish an art institute in Pyongyang, has provoked the ire of at least one German journalist. Adam Cathcart recaps and analyzes an interview with Travvik in the Suddeutsche Zeitung.

How Long Will the Umbrellas Hold Out? Report from Hong Kong

By | October 11, 2014

Sino-NK’s Junior Fellow for 2013-2014, Byul Ryan-Im, reports from the barricades of Occupy Central.