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.

Unified Candidacy? No, Thanks: #Shigak no. 27

By | April 04, 2017

This issue of #Shigak arrives at the culmination of the party primaries. The candidates have now all been confirmed, but the question of who will be president is far from settled. Moon Jae-in is still the favorite, but Ahn Cheol-soo isn’t far behind.

The Road to the Blue House: #Shigak no. 26

By | April 02, 2017

With the world’s attention on South Korea following months of dramatic — but peaceful — protest and the subsequent impeachment of Park Geun-hye and arrest of Lee Jae-yong, #Shigak returns with a fresh delivery of concise election analyses, the first of many on the road to the Blue House.

South Korea Clings on to Fear of Kaesong Industrial Complex Future

By | March 02, 2017

A year after it closed, South Korea is still eyeing the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The issues are not only financial, but also emotional. Christopher Green translates a recent report about North Korea allegedly trying to attract Chinese businesses into the manufacturing zone.

One Year On: KBS Sends a Helicopter over the Kaesong Industrial Complex

By | February 10, 2017

KBS sent a helicopter to hover just inside the southern side of the North-South border and take pictures of conditions in the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) a year after the complex was closed. Christopher Green reproduces their photos and translates the commentary.

Park Geun-hye: Deeply Unpopular, Just Like All the Rest

By | October 28, 2016

Park Geun-hye is mired in a scandal that is capable of ending her presidency. Her approval rating is scraping the floor. However, unpopular presidents are par for the course in South Korea, as Christopher Green notes.

From One Leader to Another, by Way of a Third: Putin’s Gift to Park Geun-hye

By | September 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin recently gave a piece of calligraphy by former President Park Chung-hee to Park’s daughter, incumbent ROK President Park Geun-hye. Returning with a new Jangmadang, Anthony Rinna looks at the protagonist and his gift through the lens of the Russian media.

Pyongyang on the Neva: A North Korean Defection in Russia

By | September 12, 2016

Global reports imply a spate of intriguing North Korean defections in recent weeks and months. In one instance, a trade representative fled (or so it is said) for Belarus. Taking the Russian media as his evidence, Anthony Rinna investigates.

Ex-Minister of Unification Has Gloomy DPRK Bouncing Back

By | August 26, 2016

Sino-NK isn’t the only one taking a keen interest in China-DPRK borderland dynamics. More and more researchers are visiting the area to get a personal grasp of what is going on. Former ROK Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok did so in early August. Christopher Green looks at Lee’s report.