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.

Xi in Seoul and History Textbook Wars: #Shigak no. 08

By | July 07, 2014

The latest issue of Shigak follows several significant developments in South Korea’s foreign and domestic affairs, including Xi’s visit to Seoul and the Abe administration’s reivew of the 1993 “Kono Statement.” Other pertinent issues, including textbook wars and domestic political battles, are covered in this issue.

Pain in Pyongyang: Ma+20 in Beijing vs Xi+200 in Seoul

By | June 27, 2014

Revelations of Ma Won-chun visiting Beijing came two weeks after it took place. What are we to make of the fact that the news finally emerged on the same day as Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea was officially confirmed? This article has been amended.

Ma Won-chun: Senior Kim Aide Appears in Beijing

By | June 27, 2014

Ma Won-chun has been climbing the ranks in Pyongyang’s power circles and is clearly a key cog in the wheel of the Supreme Leader. So what was he doing at a library in Beijing two weeks ago? This article has been amended.

#Shigak no. 07: Another Fine Cabinet Mess

By | June 21, 2014

President Park’s nominee for prime minister comes under fire and drags the administration and the ruling Saenuri party down with him. Chinese fishermen adds a new layer of problems for South Korea struggling to deter North Korea’s provocations along the Northern Limitation Line. These issues, and more, are explored in this issue of #Shigak.

Tongsin no. 4: War Games and Sewol Sinking

By | June 19, 2014

The latest Tongsin for March–May 2014 examines the DPRK response to US-ROK war games and the Sewol disaster, in which the North attempts to illustrate a united Sino-DPRK perspective that is both anti-American and anti-South Korean.

#Shigak no. 6: The 6.4 Election Special

By | June 03, 2014

South Koreans go to the polls in what is seen by many as a referendum on Park Guen-hye and the ruling party’s performance since the current administration came to power in late 2012. The opposition hopes to score several key victories, but disorganization and systemic factors may prevent that from happening. These issues, and more, are explored in this issue of #Shigak.

#Shigak no. 5: The Sewol Effect

By | May 18, 2014

The sinking of the Sewol has affected South Korea in various ways. This issue of #Shigak explores the broader political, economic, and social effects of the tragic ferry accident, in addition to exploring other noteworthy reports.

World Values Survey Data and the Resilience of Materialist Values in South Korea

By | May 02, 2014

Most of the advanced industrial nations of the world have undergone a post-material transition, as the latest wave of World Values Survey (WVS) data shows. However, materialist values have greater resistance in South Korea. Why? Steven Denney sifts through the data and the theory that underpins it.