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War by Other Means: South Korea’s Textbook Battlefield

By | October 09, 2015

The Ministry of Education plans to (re)implement a state-run textbook production system. Representatives from both the ruling and opposition parties use a recent parliamentary review session into the situation to verbally assault the other side’s position on the issue.

Rationalizing Identity Change: An Interview with Emma Campbell

By | September 07, 2015

South Korean national identity is changing rapidly. In an exclusive interview with Emma Campbell, author of a recent article and forthcoming book on the subject, Steven Denney asks why.

Taiwan’s Collective Memory of Japan: Around the Horn

By | August 31, 2015

Collective memory of Japan’s imperial expansion in the first half of the 20th century differs from country to country. To be better understand how Japan is collectively remembered in Taiwan, Steven Denney goes “Around the Horn,” in new series of loose and informal but considered and knowledgeable scholarly interactions and engagements.

Yongusil 72: The End of Ethnic Nationalism? A Review

By and | August 10, 2015

Change is afoot within the national conscious of the (South) Korean body politic. Sino-NK’s Steven Denney and Christopher Green review the latest piece of scholarship devoted to explaining the latest changes and variations in Korean nationhood and nationalism.

The Economics of Identity Change in South Korea

By | June 19, 2015

A demographic revolution has brought about manifold economic and political changes in South Korea over the last few decades, and might even be changing the way South Koreans think about the “nation.” Steven Denney reviews some of the relevant literature and talks with an agent of social change.

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.

South Korea as (Sub)Empire: Workers, Immigration, and Racialized Hierarchy

By | April 01, 2015

Survey data reported in a recent segment of “Exploration Plus” at JTBC show that most South Koreans are not exactly comfortable with all foreigners in the country. Steven Denney translates and analyzes.