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.

Factional Politics and Contentious Memorials: #Shigak no. 21

By | April 24, 2015

The sex trade is a battleground wherever you go, and South Korea is no different. In this edition of #Shigak, the Constitutional Court in Seoul gears up to pass judgment on an unpopular 2004 law. Elsewhere, the state remembers the Cheonan for the final time.

South Korea’s Evolving Immigration Policy and National Identity Reflection

By | April 15, 2015

Rapid demographic changes in South Korea have changed the cultural and ethnic makeup of the nation. While official government discourse is optimistic, a closer look at peoples’ actual opinions paints a different picture. Darcie Draudt translates.

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.