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.

Premier Pak Pong-ju: The Helmsman Looks North

By | May 12, 2013

If the DPRK’s new Premier is indeed seeking economic reform and outside investment, all roads surely lead north, as Adam Cathcart argues.

Charismatic Politics of Another Sort: Personality Politics in South Korea

By | May 04, 2013

In unconsolidated democracies with weak party institutions, charismatic political figures have a disproportionately higher level of influence compared to consolidated democracies. Ahn Cheol-soo is one such figure. Steven Denney explains.

Knives, Lassoes, and Accordions: A Chinese Traditionalist View of the Korean Peninsula

By | April 27, 2013

Ding Gang’s recent skepticism about American intentions around the Korean peninsula is the subject of a short investigation by Mycal Ford.

The Loved Republic: South Koreans and the Trusted State

By | April 26, 2013

Steven Denney returns with a blog about one Korean nation with two Korean states, and responds to a disputed question: which state is the most loved?

Traumatized Defectors: North Korean Women, Sexual Violence, and Depression

By | April 19, 2013

On March 18, a North Korean woman who had defected in 2002 was killed in South Korea while at work as a prostitute. Darcie Draudt analyses the startling data.

“Chaos for Selfish Gains:” North Korea in East Asia

By | April 12, 2013

Adam Cathcart takes a brief look at North Korean-Chinese mutual perceptions in their East Asian context.

Ambiguous Chinese Political Discourse: North Korea’s Capricious Behavior

By | April 11, 2013

A leading editorial in Huanqiu Shibao argues that China needs to “enhance its resilience” with regard to North Korea. Mycal Ford translates excerpts and notes the dangers of “doublespeak.”

Modern Warriors and 21st Century Messages: Korea Open for Business

By | April 06, 2013

Christopher Green shifts the gaze from Kim Jong-un to another key player on the peninsula, Samsung Electronics head Lee Kun-hee, who appeared in South Korea earlier today to send a powerful signal to some places where it really matters.