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.

Politics in Viral Times: #Shigak no. 23

By | June 24, 2015

The latest issue of #Shigak recaps and analyzes some of the top stories and reports between May and June, focusing on a labor dispute at Kia Motors, an Ivy League pipe dream, and the political and economic consequences of the MERS outbreak.

Private Plots and “Water Shaming” in Yanbian

By | June 19, 2015

Just across the border from North Korea, water issues around private vegetable plots are causing friction among local residents and government officials. Adam Cathcart translates.

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.

Press Freedom and Split Ballots: #Shigak no. 22

By | May 26, 2015

#Shigak returns with fresh analysis of South Korea’s declining export competitiveness, a mixed assessment of media freedom, a by-election drubbing or three for the NPAD, and the judicial outcome of an unseemly defamation lawsuit.

Putting Statistics to the May 30th Measure

By | May 20, 2015

Interpreting economic data in and about North Korea is tricky; individual data points can balloon out of control. Christopher Green looks at the debate over North Korean economic growth and what really happened on May 30.