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, 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 timely analysis.

Diplomatic Churning between Berlin and Pyongyang

By | October 18, 2013

The German government returns an Ambassador to Pyongyang with interests in cross-border trade in Sinuiju, North Korean succession issues, and “the liberal ’80s” in Beijing.

“Spearing the Hearts” of Our/Those Korean People

By | September 24, 2013

You feel aggrieved that your proposed round of separated family reunions were cancelled, but does that cancellation make talk of “one nation” more relevant, or less? Recent data suggests the latter, at least south of the 38th. Darcie Draudt cross-references the data sets.

PRC Media Wastes No Time Calling North Korea’s Six-Party Bluff

By | September 20, 2013

On September 18, Kim Kye-gwan went to Beijing to attend a conference on the tenth anniversary of the Six-Party Talks. North Korea may have thought his comments would be well-received. They were wrong. Adam Cathcart looks into it.

Data Suggests Ethno-nationalism on Decline

By | September 17, 2013

In a country as politicized, regionalized and fast-paced as South Korea, differences of opinion on North Korea are bound to be both large and hard to reconcile. Steven Denney brings us the latest opinion poll data.

Mass Games for a Mass Audience: Another Sign of Cultural Diplomacy?

By | July 25, 2013

With Seoul and Pyongyang both set to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, English- and Korean-language media pick up on different points of a similar theme. Is the DPRK reaching out to foreign audiences for its “Victory Day”?

Suspicion, Repentance and Finding Spies in South Korean Media

By | July 19, 2013

On July 15, a confessed North Korean spy was arrested in Seoul. Darcie Draudt takes a brief look at two recent stories about spies in South Korean media this past week and draws some conclusions about the fine line between mobilizing a watchful nation and paranoia.

Eternal Recurrence: North Korean Iconography

By | May 21, 2013

Highlighting continuities and nuclear disjunctures in North Korean depictions of the Kim family, Adam Cathcart glosses a Heonik Kwon essay and tags the Mansudae Art Studios.

6.28 Back on the Docket?: Economic “Improvement” Hints Return

By | May 13, 2013

Is economic change on the way, or was it already here, or is the DPRK government spinning yet another yarn? Christopher Green reports on new rhetorical evidence of “improvement” (개선).