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.

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.

An Unprecedented Ruling: #Shigak no. 18

By | January 17, 2015

This issue of #Shigak looks back on the unprecedented move by South Korea’s Constitutional Court to disband the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). Other important stories include the race for opposition party leadership, new labor legislation, and some troubling developments at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.

The Real South-South Conflict Deepens

By | January 16, 2015

When Korea analysts talk about “South-South” conflict, readers envision internecine political clashes driven by the plots and plans of the Korean Workers’ Party. However, these days South Korean society is beset by enough divisive issues of its own, as Darcie Draudt notes in her latest translation.

All You Need Is Love? Shin Eun-mi’s Interview with OhMyNews.com

By | January 12, 2015

Shin Eun-mi, who was recently deported from South Korea for making “pro-North Korea” remarks, was interviewed in 2012 by OhMyNews about her trips to North Korea and what they meant for her. Her answers are illustrative. Steven Denney translates.

Criticizing the “Low-Key” Approach: Chinese Responses to the DPRK Soldier-Murderer in Yanbian

By | January 06, 2015

Is the PRC media response to the death of four Chinese civilians by a hungry North Korean deserter evidence of policy change, or just business as usual? Adam Cathcart looks at the evidence.

“The Interview” Enveloped in Storm of Netizen Criticism

By | January 04, 2015

“The Interview” has been met in South Korea with strident criticism for lampooning elements of Korean culture, with some netizens accusing producer Sony of deliberately seeking to undermine Korean claims to the Dokdo islets and the naming of the East Sea/Sea of Japan. Christopher Green translates.