Putting Statistics to the May 30th Measure

By | May 20, 2015

Interpreting economic data in and about North Korea is tricky; individual data points can balloon out of control. Christopher Green looks at the debate over North Korean economic growth and what really happened on May 30.

Purges, Baekdu, and the Moranbong Band: Data Points around General Hyon

By | May 16, 2015

Using music as a medium, Adam Cathcart takes the field of debate regarding the alleged purge and execution of Hyon Yong-chol into the ultra-politicized realm of concert halls and power stations.

Yongusil 68: Divided Visions, United Vistas: Afforestation and the Visual Production of Politics in the Yushin Era

By | May 08, 2015

Sino-NK’s Director of Research, Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters, and Sino-NK’s Social Media Coordinator, Sherri Ter Molen, have been channeling the work of Heonik Kwon and Clifford Geertz on theatric and performative practices in their comparative work on North and South Korea. This Yongusil documents their work this year.

The Legendary Women of Baekdu: “And did those feet in ancient times…”

By | May 07, 2015

Robert Winstanley-Chesters concludes his essay series focused on the crossings, journeys and deterritorializations of elements of charismatic Kimism, arriving finally on the slopes of Baekdu with Kim Jong-suk.

Satellites and State Media: Breaking Down Recent Execution Rumors

By | May 04, 2015

Is it in any sense possible to corroborate recent assertions that North Korea may have executed officials with massive 50-caliber machine guns?

Grist to the Mill of South Korea’s Changing Values

By | May 04, 2015

Like everything else in South Korea, attitudes and values are undergoing change. Steven Denney contextualizes and translates.