Author Archive

Unveiling the North Korean Economy: A Roundtable Review

By | November 06, 2017

In this roundtable review, we take a magnifying glass to Unveiling the North Korean Economy by Kim Byung-yeon, to see whether the English language finally has the book on the North Korean economy that it needs.

A Roundtable Review of Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence

By | October 11, 2017

Sheena Greitens examines the ways coercion is employed in authoritarian regimes in her new book, adding theoretical and empirical insights to the literature on authoritarian regime durability. Sino-NK reviews her contribution.

Trade Wars and Hot Wars: #Shigak no. 51

By | August 08, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between July 28 and August 4. For the right, that means the reappointment of a former trade minister to his old post, while the left homes in on some comments about the possibility of war on the Korean peninsula.

Protest and Remembrance: #Shigak no. 50

By | August 01, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between 7.21 and 7.27: a protest by the Korean Government Employees Union for Lee Un-ju’s removal from political office and the passing of former “comfort woman” Kim Kun-ja.

South Korea Has Pride, the People’s Party Has a Scandal: #Shigak no. 49

By | July 21, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between 7/15 and 7/20.

Neighborhood Ajummas, Fabricated Smears: #Shigak no. 48

By | July 17, 2017

This edition of #Shigak, the last under the existing format, covers the decline of the People’s Party, the apparent solidity of the “blood relationship” between China and North Korea, and Moon Jae-in’s hopes for inter-Korean relations.

From DC to Dandong: #Shigak no. 47

By | June 30, 2017

This installment of #Shigak covers the much anticipated ROK-US summit and a notification issued by the US Department of the Treasury of its intention to sanction the Bank of Dandong. We also report the most frequently tweeted words by South Korea’s most read conservative and progressive dailies in what will become a regular feature in #Shigak.

Language, Sports and Cultural Exchange: #Shigak no. 46

By | June 24, 2017

It’s an internationally-flavored #Shigak this week, featuring news that the linguistic talents of the new ROK Foreign Minister may be leaving a nasty taste in the mouths of some South Korean journalists, and much more.