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.

A Bundle of Bills in November: #Shigak no. 16

By | November 27, 2014

This issue of #Shigak looks at a number of bills that passed South Korea’s National Assembly to address issues surrounding the Sewol ferry sinking and the country’s underdeveloped welfare state. Other topics include a temporary workers strike, the Sewol ferry captain’s jail sentence, and Sino-Korean economic ties.

Under the Juniper Tree: The 2012 Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un

By | November 17, 2014

In early November, an article appeared in the Donga Ilbo which described an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un in November 2012, and its aftermath. The article was never translated in full… until The Korean and Sino-NK joined forces.

No Country for Old Men (or Women): #Shigak no. 15

By | November 10, 2014

This issue of #Shigak takes a back-to-basics approach, homing in on issues that voters everywhere really care about: jobs, housing, and the economy. But there’s still room for appearances from Ahn Cheol-soo and the Sewol.

Boondoggle on the Yalu: China’s Useless New Bridge to North Korea

By | November 03, 2014

A huge new piece of bilateral infrastructure on the Sino-North Korean frontier is to remain unopened for the foreseeable future. Sino-NK provides Chinese context to the news.

October is For Meetings: #Shigak no. 14

By | October 20, 2014

This issue of #Shigak recaps a host of “meetings” in the first half month of October, including the high-level chats between North and South Korean officials during the Asian Games and Saenuri Chair Kim Moon-sung’s pan-Chinese tête-à-tête.

On Totalitarian Art: Interview with Morten Traavik

By | October 17, 2014

Norwegian artist Morten Traavik’s cultural engagement with North Korean, which includes plans to establish an art institute in Pyongyang, has provoked the ire of at least one German journalist. Adam Cathcart recaps and analyzes an interview with Travvik in the Suddeutsche Zeitung.