Vladimir Putin recently gave a piece of calligraphy by former President Park Chung-hee to Park’s daughter, incumbent ROK President Park Geun-hye. Returning with a new Jangmadang, Anthony Rinna looks at the protagonist and his gift through the lens of the Russian media.
Markus Bell and the Sino-NK team review Korea-focused presentations from the Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS), hosted by the University of London’s SOAS from September 7-9.
Benjamin Eckton reflects on his experience at The National Arhives at Kew (Greater London) reading dispatches from British Foreign Correspondents stationed in Northeast Asia during the period of Japanese occupation.
Global reports imply a spate of intriguing North Korean defections in recent weeks and months. In one instance, a trade representative fled (or so it is said) for Belarus. Taking the Russian media as his evidence, Anthony Rinna investigates.
Sino-NK isn’t the only one taking a keen interest in China-DPRK borderland dynamics. More and more researchers are visiting the area to get a personal grasp of what is going on. Former ROK Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok did so in early August. Christopher Green looks at Lee’s report.
On August 26, Steven Denney presents preliminary findings based on his survey research on the sources of national identity change in South Korea at the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) colloquium for overseas scholars studying Korea.