Defectors, Nukes, Unification, and the Jang Song-taek Effect: Zhang Liangui Interview

By | April 24, 2014

One of China’s top DPRK experts opens up about his personal experiences with repatriating North Korean defectors, thoughts about nuclear war, Korean reunification, and the impact of Chinese public opinion on the CCP’s North Korea policy. Emile Dirks translates.

Yongusil 31: Kraus, Cumings, Kim, and Cathcart on North Korean Captured Documents

By | April 21, 2014

Study and scholarship focused on North Korea necessarily moves through a historical hinterland. A key panel at this years’ Association of Asian Studies Conference examined the buried, semi-hidden narratives revealed in Record Group 242, the Captured Documents Collection at the US National Archives.

Yongusil 30: Sheena Greitens on Illicit Activities in North Korea

By | April 17, 2014

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) recently published a report by Sheena Greitens on North Korea’s illicit business activities. The report expounds on much of Greitens’ earlier work, drawing upon interview material, translations, and the latest in the literature, including work by Sino-NK.

#Shigak | #시가 no. 4: Making Money, Spending Money, and Income Redistribution in South Korea

By | April 09, 2014

Salaries for South Korea’s multinational conglomerate tycoons, the debate over legal gambling, and welfare reform proposals get attention in this issue of #시각 (shigak).

Southern Weekend Analyzes Kim Jong-un’s Diplomacy with Japan

By | April 09, 2014

China’s predictable response to dialogue between Japan and North Korea is borderline paranoid, as this Southern Weekend article reveals. Translation and interpretation by Adam Cathcart.

Tuning Out Beijing’s Six-Party Drumbeat: Wu Dawei in Pyongyang

By | April 01, 2014

What has Chinese diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear issue accomplished recently? Not a great deal, to put it mildly. Damning demonstration by Chief Editor Adam Cathcart.

“The Theatre of Farm Fields:” Kim Jong-un and the Subworkteam Leaders

By | March 30, 2014

Kim Jong-un has asserted that “the ideological and spiritual qualities of our agricultural working people have been transformed remarkably.” Robert Winstanley-Chesters investigates.