North Korean Capitalism

A Roundtable Review of Hazel Smith’s Markets and Military Rule

By | January 21, 2016

How unique is North Korea? A quartet of contributions from Rudiger Frank, Georgy Toloraya, Christopher Green, and Robert Winstanley-Chesters address this question, via review of an important new book.

Investment Risks and Riddles: Zhejiang Businessmen and the DPRK

By | December 15, 2015

Chinese sources are no panacea for the dearth of official data coming from the DPRK. But with a sharp-eyed detachment, they can still help. Translating a 2013 article on DPRK economic relations with the Chinese province of Zhejiang, Matthew Bates shows us how.

Talking About the Unconscious: Interview with Professor Hyun Ok Park

By | December 09, 2015

Sino-NK interviews the author of a protean and provocative new book on transnational Korea.

Rhetoric vs Reality: 5.24 and North Korean Workers in Dandong

By | December 03, 2015

In response to sanctions on South Korean business and Pyongyang’s will to export more labor, the focus of inter-Korean exchange has shifted to the city of Dandong, “another Kaesong Industrial Complex,” according to anthropologist Kang Ju-won. Christopher Green looks at Kang’s recent article on Pressian.

The Siren Call of Deng: Following in China’s Footsteps?

By | November 23, 2015

Even if North Korea follows the Chinese model of economic reform, Kevin Gray (University of Sussex) argues, the results are destined to be very different.

Dead on Arrival? Taking Trade Notes in Dandong

By and | October 20, 2015

Which North Koreans turned up in the Chinese city of Dandong for a recent trade fair? And does this event represent a real stabilization or upgrade in bilateral relations? Sino-NK reads the sources.

Yongusil 79: Market Size and Geography in North Korea

By | October 09, 2015

A new SAIS report uses satellite imagery to measure North Korean market sizes as they have fluctuated over the past decade. Sino-NK goes into orbit behind the oculus, assessing gains and limitations of the data.