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.

Toilets as Signifiers: Nuclear Power and the Korean Left

By | April 04, 2013

Sino-NK surveys the nationalist discourse and finds that progressives, like conservatives, support a nuclear-powered, “strong and prosperous” Korea.

“This Is Not a Test:” Yeongpyeong, Media Discourse, and Local Experience Today

By | April 02, 2013

Darcie Draudt weaves through the conflicting messages about and by the residents of Yeonpyeong Island, where normality and war go hand-in-hand.

The Amulet: Chinese Justification for North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

By | April 01, 2013

Mycal Ford parses an op-ed indicating reservoirs of support in the PRC establishment for North Korea’s formula of economic development via nuclear weapons.

Block Out the Noise by Visiting the Front Line: Baekryeong Island Reportage

By | March 29, 2013

SinoNK looks to Baekryeong Island for a change of pace from the weight of wartime rhetoric, even though it lies just a stone’s throw from North Korea.

South Korea: The New Nationalism in an Era of Strength and Prosperity

By | March 28, 2013

Sino-NK goes hunting for the new strand of assertive nationalism that has been slowly emerging in today’s era of “strong and prosperous” South Korea.

Billion Dollar Miscalculation: B-52s, Korea, and Missiles

By | March 24, 2013

SinoNK dismantles the signals being sent by a B-52 run over Korea, and describes why a move away from American conventional deterrence would be a net loss.

Southern Teletubbies vs. Northern War Songs: Korean Media Dualities

By | March 20, 2013

Is South Korea a safe place today? It is safe enough for a TV show where Teletubbies talk politics, even as war songs thunder out of Pyongyang.

Growing Problem: Arrested Development

By | March 18, 2013

SinoNK digs in to the DPRK’s National Nutrition Survey for 2012 and finds reason for both concern and hope.