Korean Media

War by Other Means: South Korea’s Textbook Battlefield

By | October 09, 2015

The Ministry of Education plans to (re)implement a state-run textbook production system. Representatives from both the ruling and opposition parties use a recent parliamentary review session into the situation to verbally assault the other side’s position on the issue.

2nd Miracle on the Han: Mass Media Unites over History by Ministerial Fiat

By | October 09, 2015

The South Korean mass media rarely unites in condemnation of a domestic policy, but controversial and deeply flawed plans to “re-nationalize” the production of secondary school history textbooks made it happen. Christopher Green investigates.

From the Borderland to Beijing: Chinese Civilian Shot in Changbai

By | September 20, 2015

A number of incidents involving North Korean soldiers in the Sino-NK borderland have recently been reported in the South Korean and Chinese media. Christopher Green takes a closer look at one of them from the Korean perspective.

Summer Special: #Shigak no. 24

By | September 19, 2015

#Shigak returns from a brief summer hiatus, with analysis-lite on a wealth of developments in South Korea: education reform, #LotteGate, internet banks, and Jang Geu-rae marches, among other things.

Voices from the Black Box: 1987, the Social Democratic Party, and Protection of Human Rights

By | September 14, 2015

The DPRK human rights discourse is dominated by the many victims of Kimist state power. Whether for better or worse, this certainly leaves limited space for other perspectives to be aired. Here, Martin Weiser outlines evidence of a domestic debate surrounding human rights protection dating back to the late 1980s.

A Roundtable Review of Shine Choi’s Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics

By | July 22, 2015

In a new “neutron star” of a book, sociologist Shine Choi delves into the many ways of seeing North Korea. Sino-NK reviews the argumentative battlefield.

Press Freedom and Split Ballots: #Shigak no. 22

By | May 26, 2015

#Shigak returns with fresh analysis of South Korea’s declining export competitiveness, a mixed assessment of media freedom, a by-election drubbing or three for the NPAD, and the judicial outcome of an unseemly defamation lawsuit.