Reviews

Identity, Security, and the Nation: Understanding the South Korean Response to North Korean Defectors

By | April 22, 2016

In this review essay, Dr. Sarah Son summarizes her contribution to an Asian Ethnicity special issue (Spring 2016) on North Koreans in South Korea. Her work explores the simultaneous portrayal of this group as both “us” and “them” in public policy discourse.

Local and Limited: The Sociopolitical Implications of Segmented Marketization in North Korea

By | March 21, 2016

In the fifth part of our contemporary marketization series, Philo Kim takes a sociologist’s lens to the North Korean economy to find out why marketization hasn’t led to large-scale change or transformation.

A Roundtable Review of Hyun Ok Park’s The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea

By | March 07, 2016

Capital — it’s what lies beneath, argues sociologist Hyun Ok Park in her new transnational history of Korea. Meeting Park’s hefty tome head on, a Toronto-based historian and the Sino-NK team consider the work’s main claim, along with a number of thematic tributaries.

Yongusil 82: Not So Hellish After All

By | February 24, 2016

Courting the French audience, Steven Denney published an article in the journal Korea Analysis about popular memes used to express a sense of political and socioeconomic frustration in South Korea. Here we recap his findings.

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.

Resiliency and Opacity: A Review of North Korea: Markets and Military Rule

By and | January 05, 2016

Coming temporarily out of retirement, Jacques Hersh and Ellen Brun, European leftist intellectuals and Asianists of yore, review Hazel Smith’s mighty tome on markets and military rule.

A Roundtable Review of Sandra Fahy’s Marching Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea

By | November 27, 2015

The latest roundtable review brings into focus Sandra Fahy’s Marching Through Suffering, a harrowing and powerful text about the social and psychological implications of famine in North Korea.

Yongusil 72: The End of Ethnic Nationalism? A Review

By and | August 10, 2015

Change is afoot within the national conscious of the (South) Korean body politic. Sino-NK’s Steven Denney and Christopher Green review the latest piece of scholarship devoted to explaining the latest changes and variations in Korean nationhood and nationalism.