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Language, Sports and Cultural Exchange: #Shigak no. 46

By | June 24, 2017

It’s an internationally-flavored #Shigak this week, featuring news that the linguistic talents of the new ROK Foreign Minister may be leaving a nasty taste in the mouths of some South Korean journalists, and much more.

Revolution and Revival: Ideology and Faith in North Korea

By | June 23, 2017

Today, the North Korean state has all forms of spirituality under its iron fist. But today is but a 70-year blip on the radar of history. As Christopher Richardson writes in this reprisal of a speech delivered in Sydney on June 18, Christianity won’t yield so readily.

Targeting North Korea, Scratching Russia: HR 1644

By | June 05, 2017

Russia’s economic interactions with North Korea are attracting the attention of the United States. In May, a bill emerged from the US House of Representatives that targets labor exports and the activities of North Korean vessels using third-country (including Russian) ports. Russia is not pleased. Anthony Rinna investigates.

No Kettles, Just Cuddles: #Shigak no. 42

By | May 26, 2017

In this edition of #Shigak, we look at a week of rapid-fire personnel picks, with women making notable inroads in the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Veterans and Patriots Affairs. We’ve also got news of amended policing tactics, and the rise of diplomats in the Blue House national security sphere.

History and the State: Textbook Debate Underscores Deep Divide in South Korea

By | May 12, 2017

In a timely essay following the re-privatization of history textbook production in South Korea, University of Toronto graduate Yun Sik Hwang explored developments in South Korean nationalism and the manifestation of differing national identities in national history.

D-Day: #Shigak no. 40

By | May 09, 2017

Election day has arrived, the culmination of just two months of intense politics. As promised, Sino-NK published brand new #Shigak analyses three times a week between April 2 and today. And here is our final pre-election offering.

Anti-Communism Endures: Political Implications of ROK Political Culture

By | May 08, 2017

Anti-communism has a long and storied history in South Korea. Nobody disputes the prevalence of anti-communist sentiment. The public of all ages retains the view that there is an ongoing need for anti-communist ideology. Steven Denney looks at the data.

Vying for Second Place: #Shigak no. 38

By | May 03, 2017

With the election less than a week away, is it the beginning of the end for the Bareun Party and its charismatic leader, Yoo Seung-min? This question is on the slate in this edition of #Shigak.