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.

South Korea as (Sub)Empire: Workers, Immigration, and Racialized Hierarchy

By | April 01, 2015

Survey data reported in a recent segment of “Exploration Plus” at JTBC show that most South Koreans are not exactly comfortable with all foreigners in the country. Steven Denney translates and analyzes.

(Not) Legislating Morality: #Shigak no. 20

By | March 28, 2015

This 20th issue of #Shigak highlights key stories and domestic political developments in South Korea between February and March, including a momentous Constitutional Court ruling that overturned a 60-year old adultery law.

“Parties with Different Ideologies:” China’s New Ambassador to North Korea

By | March 24, 2015

The appointment of a new Chinese Ambassador to Pyongyang, Li Jinjun, will serve as both a Rohrschach test and a means of ascertaining where China thinks things might go, argues Simone van Nieuwenhuizen.

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.