Factional Politics and Contentious Memorials: #Shigak no. 21

By | April 24, 2015

The sex trade is a battleground wherever you go, and South Korea is no different. In this edition of #Shigak, the Constitutional Court in Seoul gears up to pass judgment on an unpopular 2004 law. Elsewhere, the state remembers the Cheonan for the final time.

Yongusil 67: Footprints of the Dead and the Utility of Returns: Recent Works from the KEI Academic Paper Series

By | April 23, 2015

This Yongusil recounts the footsteps of Sino-NK contributors into Washington, DC, and the august academic paper and seminar series of the Korean Economic Institute.

Yongusil 66: Suzy Kim, Cross-Currents and the (De)Memorialization of the Memorial

By | April 22, 2015

Suzy Kim, author of Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, has guest edited a special edition of Cross-Currents, an open access journal at University of California, Berkeley, engaging in a deep examination of ill-remembered and heavily contested moments of modern Korean history.

South Korea’s Evolving Immigration Policy and National Identity Reflection

By | April 15, 2015

Rapid demographic changes in South Korea have changed the cultural and ethnic makeup of the nation. While official government discourse is optimistic, a closer look at peoples’ actual opinions paints a different picture. Darcie Draudt translates.

King, Wu, B-52: North Korea’s Rational Dis-invitation to the US Special Envoy on Human Rights

By | April 13, 2015

This piece of (recent) history by Morgan Potts explores the tensions of the 2013, when Robert King’s invitation to Pyonyang was rescinded, examining what could have been a turning point for US-DPRK relations that was lost amidst other diplomatic crises.

The Crossings and Encounters of Kim Jong-suk: “And did those feet in ancient times…”

By | April 09, 2015

The second piece in a three-part series, Robert Winstanley-Chesters looks in detail at the de- and reterritorialization of charismatic authority in the story of Kim Jong-suk, the so-called “Mother of Military-first Chosun.”