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, 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 timely analysis.

Investment Risks and Riddles: Zhejiang Businessmen and the DPRK

By | December 15, 2015

Chinese sources are no panacea for the dearth of official data coming from the DPRK. But with a sharp-eyed detachment, they can still help. Translating a 2013 article on DPRK economic relations with the Chinese province of Zhejiang, Matthew Bates shows us how.

Rhetoric vs Reality: 5.24 and North Korean Workers in Dandong

By | December 03, 2015

In response to sanctions on South Korean business and Pyongyang’s will to export more labor, the focus of inter-Korean exchange has shifted to the city of Dandong, “another Kaesong Industrial Complex,” according to anthropologist Kang Ju-won. Christopher Green looks at Kang’s recent article on Pressian.

Water and the Chess Piece: Chinese-North Korean Relations in the Huanqiu Shibao

By | October 29, 2015

Chinese editorials about North Korea occasionally regard the small country as an implement in the struggle against US hegemony in East Asia. Sino-NK explores one signal example.

Red Scares and History Wars: #Shigak no. 25

By | October 28, 2015

The latest issue of #Shigak reports on new developments and top stories in South Korea for September and October. In this issue, Park Geun-hye goes to Washington, the number of multicultural families continues to increase, and Moon Jae-in gets labeled a… communist?

Dead on Arrival? Taking Trade Notes in Dandong

By and | October 20, 2015

Which North Koreans turned up in the Chinese city of Dandong for a recent trade fair? And does this event represent a real stabilization or upgrade in bilateral relations? Sino-NK reads the sources.

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.

Currency, Trade, and Criminal Conspiracies in Dandong

By | September 23, 2015

As North Korea prepares for a missile test, China gears up for a big trade fair with the DPRK. This post weaves assessments for bilateral trade together with the iron fist of law enforcement in Dandong.