In scenes from the recent purge of Jang Sung-taek lie traces of guerrilla tactics of Manchurian yore. Reading from Kim Il-sung’s Works, Adam Cathcart confirms: a political economy of dictatorship indeed.
The bridge between Dandong and Sinuiju is pregnant with economic potential, nearly complete, and in a very real sense associated with newly unmasked “counter-revolutionary” Jang Sung-taek. Revisiting a recent essay for The Daily NK, Chief Editor Adam Cathcart investigates.
In a piece intended to compliment the featured essay “Sino-NK 2013 Rewind: Sepho and the ‘Quiet Charisma’ of Grassland Reclamation,” Adam Cathcart translates the original Chinese of a rare firsthand glimpse of Sepho, North Korea’s land reclamation project underway in Gangwon Province.
Can the desolation of the North-South border region be understood as a “huge canvas for a meditation on life itself?” Adam Cathcart explores the relationship between the human condition and the peninsula-as-environment in this review of Lee Si-Woo’s Life on the Edge of the DMZ.
The German government returns an Ambassador to Pyongyang with interests in cross-border trade in Sinuiju, North Korean succession issues, and “the liberal ’80s” in Beijing.
Professor Remco Breuker and Leiden University’s “War of Words” project is considered in the first of three posts from the Yongusil. Adam Cathcart considers Manchuria’s place in Chinese narratology.
On September 18, Kim Kye-gwan went to Beijing to attend a conference on the tenth anniversary of the Six-Party Talks. North Korea may have thought his comments would be well-received. They were wrong. Adam Cathcart looks into it.