The Jangmadang is Sino-NK’s marketplace for fresh ideas. In keeping with the tradition established by its eponymous counterpart in North Korea, our Jangmadang, written and managed by Sino-NK staff, provides short, snappy, but vital information on the latest documentary research and news. Unlike most English-language outlets, you will find that a majority of the sources are in Chinese or Korean, with cameo appearances from places like France, Germany and Japan. Jangmadang articles are a quick read, too. No introductions, just reliable translations and accurate, timely analysis.

Take a Ride on the @MoonRiver365: #Shigak no. 19

By | February 20, 2015

This issue of #Shigak gives a brief overview of the many domestic political changes that took place over a month-long period between mid-January and Valentine’s Day. Moon Jae-in’s election to opposition party chairperson and an ongoing debate over welfare are just a few of the issues addressed.

Reading Chinese in the Year of the Goat: #Guandian no. 1

By | February 13, 2015

In the inaugural issue of Guandian, a Chinese-language media reading project, Sino-NK covers a breadth of issues: Shin Dong-hyuk in the Chinese media, Liu Hongcai in Sariwon, and dialogue with Joseph Stiglitz, to name just a few.

No Love for Welfare in South Korea

By | February 06, 2015

South Koreans support welfare retrenchment if it means resolving the country’s financial woes, a recent Real Meter poll finds. However, they are also apt to support more taxes on corporations. Steven Denney translates.

Business Council Giving Practical Form to Russia-DPRK Ties?

By | February 01, 2015

How can North Korea-Russian business ties be strengthened? One possible way: with a transnational business council. Anthony Rinna considers plans for a North Korea-Russia business council in this translation.

Recent Reproductions of South Korean “National Hero” Ahn Jung-geun

By | January 31, 2015

One can learn a lot about a nation by who is elevated to the status of “national hero.” Here, Steven Denney reviews two recent cultural products concerning independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun, juxtaposing them against Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper.”

Over the Line: How Representative Was Yang Junfeng’s FT Article of Chinese Academic Opinion on North Korea?

By | January 24, 2015

Prompted by the 2013 dismissal of Deng Yuwen from his post at the Central Party School’s Study Times journal and the publication of an op-ed in the English-language Financial Times advocating China’s abandonment of North Korea, Sino-NK investigates how the Party responded and what ordinary academics really think about Sino-DPRK relations in China today.