Archive for November, 2012:

“In Any Authoritarian Country:” Subversive Chinese Readings of Kim Jong-un’s Purges

By | November 29, 2012

While the foreign media was possessed by a transitory joke involving The Onion, a bruising Chinese editorial appeared about the purge of General Ri Yong-ho. Adam Cathcart and Roger Cavazos translate and analyze.

Barriers to Entry: Cellular Telephony in the Digital DPRK

By | November 25, 2012

Daily NK international editor Christopher Green analyzes the multiple logistical barriers for a North Korean who wants a cell phone.

Technological Triptych: Scott Bruce on DPRK Digitization

By | November 25, 2012

Opening up, or consolidating control? Roger Cavazos looks into the latest scholarship regarding North Korean telecommunications technology.

Kim Jong Un’s Gallant Rescue of Chinese Miners, and Other Tales: KCNA-China File No. 22

By | November 20, 2012

North Korean state media tries to smooth over recent controversies with a “Hail Mary” approach to Chinese mining firms. Analysis by Cathcart/Cavazos and SinoNK in Chengdu.

Engagement in an Age of Division: Moon Chung-in’s Sunshine Policy

By | November 11, 2012

In this second YJIS-SinoNK collaborative effort, Eunsil Esther Park, reviews Moon Chung-in’s latest book, The Sunshine Policy: in Defense of Engagement as a Path to Peace in Korea.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Moon Chung-in’s Vision of Sunshine

By | November 10, 2012

As a companion to Eunsil Esther Park’s special review of Moon Chung-in’s latest book, SinoNK editors Christopher Green and Steven Denney give their own critical take on Moon’s spirited defense of the sunshine policy.

Ko Young-hee and Ri Sol-ju: Media (Re)constructions of Kim Jong-un’s Ideal Women

By | November 08, 2012

In a new article for the Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Darcie Draudt discusses the extensive construction of “a new kind of DPRK woman” in the age of Ri Sol-ju. Introduction by Steven Denney.

Red State, Blue State, Slave State: Reviewing Melanie Kirkpatrick’s “Escape from North Korea” (Part I)

By | November 06, 2012

Adam Cathcart embarks on a review of a new text which analyzes the China-North Korean border region and the Korean “refugee crisis” in northeast Asia, with reference to antebellum America.

Kim Il-Song as Logocentric Fundament: Ideology as Written Inheritance in the DPRK

By | November 04, 2012

If North Korea was preparing for change, how would you know? Adam Cathcart examines textual permutations of Kimism and their room for maneuver in the DPRK.

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