In a new essay exclusively for Sino-NK, Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein of UPenn and North Korea Economy Watch examines the role of emotion in DPRK military and political culture. Real KPA commanders surely see things very differently, but Silberstein shows how, rhetorically, the DPRK is at odds with the Western ideal of a modern soldier.
In an exciting new Yongusil, Christina Kim steps up to introduce a slice of the emerging networks and relations along the border of North Korea and China. This Yongusil is based on Kim’s work in Dandong with Kang Ju-won.
A reporter travels to the border city of Dandong, and finds a number of despondent Korean traders with on-the-ground insights into China’s new sanctions on North Korea.
The Kaesong Industrial Complex shutdown has attracted many a column inch this week. However, South Korean public opinion on the matter has been hard to gauge. Until now. Christopher Green seeks out the numbers.
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 Association of Asian Studies annual conference surely must be the largest gathering of Asia focused academics in the United States, if not globally. Traditionally it is also a nexus for Koreanists, so naturally three members of Sino-NK were there.