Korean Media

#Shigak | #시가 no. 4: Making Money, Spending Money, and Income Redistribution in South Korea

By | April 09, 2014

Salaries for South Korea’s multinational conglomerate tycoons, the debate over legal gambling, and welfare reform proposals get attention in this issue of #시각 (shigak).

Tongsin | 통신 no. 02

By | February 10, 2014

Tongsin | 통신 offers source data on Rodong Sinmun and the KCNA’s narratives regarding China. The latest Tongsin | 통신 examines the position of China in the DPRK-ROK dispute over impending military exercises and possible reunification.

Jang Sung-taek: Chopped Off at the Knees

By | December 05, 2013

The purge of Jang Sung-taek has provided the world with a fresh layer of Korean peninsula intrigue, and yet more questions about the nature of Kimist dominance in the era of Jong-un. As the Twittersphere flutters, Nick Miller weighs in. Additional content from Christopher Green.

“Spearing the Hearts” of Our/Those Korean People

By | September 24, 2013

You feel aggrieved that your proposed round of separated family reunions were cancelled, but does that cancellation make talk of “one nation” more relevant, or less? Recent data suggests the latter, at least south of the 38th. Darcie Draudt cross-references the data sets.

Mass Games for a Mass Audience: Another Sign of Cultural Diplomacy?

By | July 25, 2013

With Seoul and Pyongyang both set to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, English- and Korean-language media pick up on different points of a similar theme. Is the DPRK reaching out to foreign audiences for its “Victory Day”?

Suspicion, Repentance and Finding Spies in South Korean Media

By | July 19, 2013

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.

His “Other” Legacy: Kenneth Waltz’s Defense of Nuclear Proliferation

By | May 21, 2013

How will Kenneth Waltz be remembered? As far as North Korea is concerned, Waltz’s legacy is all it needs to justify its possession of nuclear weapons, argues Steven Denney.

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