Reviews

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.

A Roundtable Review of Suk-young Kim’s DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border

By | July 20, 2015

Suk-Young Kim’s new scholarly monograph on the performance and emotional perils of Korean division provokes a trio of responses.

Rain on a Strange Roof: A Roundtable Review of Janet Poole’s When the Future Disappears

By | July 13, 2015

For the ranks of Korean intellectuals and essayists, the zeitgeist of the 1930s and 40s was both fantastic and pessimistic in equal measure. Scholar Janet Poole intrepidly situates their writings, and their lives, in her new book. Reviewed here by Sino-NK.

Yongusil 63: Black Panthers and the Sun, Benjamin Young on North Korea and Anti-Colonialist connections

By | March 30, 2015

Director of Research, Robert Winstanley-Chesters, reviews Benjamin Young’s newly published piece in Japan Focus, “Juche in the United States: The Black Panther Party’s Relations with North Korea.”

Collapsist Narratives and State Strength: Reading The Interview through Han Sorya’s Jackals

By | February 18, 2015

Han Sorya’s conception of Americans as “jackals” is a wartime description of an enemy but one that never went away–in a sense like the war itself. In this essay, David Fields surveys the strength of North Korean state narratives, folding in a very famous Korean War short story and a certain controversial Hollywood film.

Anarchy and Assimilation: A Review of Recently Published Books in East Asian Studies

By | January 23, 2015

In this dual book review, Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Steven Denney review Sho Konishi’s Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan and Todd Henry’s Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, respectively.

Command and Conquer: The Co-option of Market Forces in the DPRK

By | December 31, 2014

Marketization in North Korea does more to maintain the regime than undermine it, argues Park Hyeong-jung of KINU. In the latest in a series of review essays covering key elements of contemporary North Korean economic history, Christopher Green reviews Park’s “Towards a Political Analysis of Markets in North Korea.”

Svoliking in the High Grass: New Approaches to Understanding Authoritarian Regimes

By | September 17, 2014

Steven Denney reviews a few key works on “the politics of authoritarianism,” providing researchers with multiple comparative frameworks for understanding North Korea as authoritarian regime.