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.

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.

“New Politics,” Just like the Old? #Shigak no. 13

By | October 10, 2014

The latest issue of #Shigak covers a handful of the most pressing issues in South Korea for the latter half of September, including more rumblings in the progressive camp and what people think of Ahn Cheol-soo’s sudden departure from the political scene.

Odyssey of Extortion: Chinese Press Coverage of the North Korean Boat Hijacking

By | September 25, 2014

When armed North Korean soldiers boarded their vessel, six Chinese fishermen and their boat were in for a rough ride. An exclusive Sino-NK translation and media analysis.

Russo-Chinese Relations, US-ROK War Games, and the Facade of a United Sino-DPRK Perspective: Tongsin no. 5

By | September 21, 2014

While outsiders highlighted fracture and disunity in the China-DPRK relationship, the North Koreans largely portrayed an image of synchronized attitudes. This issue of Tongsin looks at North Korean views of increasingly close Russo-Chinese relations, military exercises, and more.

Constitutionalism and the Liberal Party Under Siege: #Shigak no. 12

By | September 18, 2014

In the political realm, South Korea is never a dull place. This issue of Shigak highlights some of the more noteworthy stories and reports on South Korea for the first half of September.