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.

#Shigak | #시가 no. 4: Making Money, Spending Money, and Income Redistribution in South Korea

By | April 09, 2014

Salaries for South Korea’s multinational conglomerate tycoons, the debate over legal gambling, and welfare reform proposals get attention in this issue of #시각 (shigak).

Southern Weekend Analyzes Kim Jong-un’s Diplomacy with Japan

By | April 09, 2014

China’s predictable response to dialogue between Japan and North Korea is borderline paranoid, as this Southern Weekend article reveals. Translation and interpretation by Adam Cathcart.

Through Frosted Glass: Zhang Liangui on China’s DPRK Intel and the Purge of Jang Song-taek

By | March 29, 2014

In the second part of an extensive interview, Zhang Liangui discusses the DPRK leadership, the North Korean domestic political landscape, and the genealogical roots of the Kim dynasty. Emile Dirks translates.

“Tag X” and the German Leg of the Park-Kim Summit Question

By | March 27, 2014

Leveraging her strong public image overseas, President Park Geun-hye is currently in Europe. She gave a well-received address to the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, and then moved on to Germany. In the midst of a packed German agenda, she gave this interview to journalist Philipp Abresch.

The Cultural Revolution in Pyongyang and Yanbian: Interview with Zhang Liangui

By | March 19, 2014

In an interview with Consensus Online, a leading Chinese voice on North Korea, Zhang Liangui, describes his youthful experiences in Pyongyang in the 1960s, the Cultural Revolution, and why he cannot go back. Emile Dirks translates.

#Shigak | #시각 no. 03: Cases of Sedition and Espionage and the Repatriation of Defectors

By | March 18, 2014

This issue of # 시각 (shigak) pulls together annotated tweets on several high profile issues in or related to South Korea including the Lee Seok-ki sedition case, the Yu U-song spy trial, and the repatriation of North Korean defectors to South Korea from Canada.

Tongsin | 통신 no. 03

By | March 14, 2014

The latest Tongsin | 통신 for February 2014 examines the North Korean narrative surrounding the US-ROK war games, which positions the North as a cooperative actor seeking engagement and stability in the face of destructive “confrontation rackets” in the South.