Nothing looms larger in the rear view mirror of South Korea’s democratic legacy than the South Jeolla Province city of Gwangju and the events that took place there in May 1980. That same democratization narrative was again abused in May 2013, this time along with some defector testimony of a most curious disposition. Christopher Green and Steven Denney investigate.
Yongusil 10: Adam Cathcart interviews Blaine Harden in the Yonsei Journal of International Studies: “In Need of an Icon” (full version)
Brutality and autocracy seem to build industries against themselves in our contemporary age. Here the Yongusil presents Adam Cathcart’s interesting and engaging interview with the author of a potentially iconic text, one which will frame North Korea and Kimism in the public mind for many years, Blaine Harden author of “Escape from Camp 14.”
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.
As the case of the “Laos Nine” reverberates, Brian Gleason examines the motivations and tactics behind Pyongyang’s recent move to place “redefectors” front and center in the public discourse within North Korea itself in the second installment of a two-part series.
Brian Gleason shows how instances of double defections are being slyly used by the North Korean regime for propagandistic effect.
In the third and last part of a Sino-NK exclusive interview, Blain Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14, discusses with Adam Cathcart the potential impact of the Chinese-language publication and his experience writing the book.
In the second part of Sino-NK’s interview with Blaine Harden, the author of Escape from Camp 14 discusses the trials of life in defector society and its search for a defining leader, as well as borderlands journalism and the controversial AP bureau in Pyongyang.
A young man named Shin Dong-hyuk stands at the forefront of a cultural shift that is changing the way the world perceives, and divides, North Korea the state and North Korea the people. In the first part of an outstanding new interview, Blaine Harden, the author of Shin’s story, speaks to Adam Cathcart about what it all means in part one of a three-part series.