Yongusil 80: The Developmental State and Politics of Industrial Complex Development in South Korea

By | October 14, 2015

Seoul National University geographer Bae-Gyoon Park challenges the validity of the developmental state thesis in a recent paper on the Masan Free Export Zone. Park recapitulated his findings at an event hosted at the University of Toronto. Daniel Park recaps his presentation.

Cold Comfort for the Women: Japanese Military Culture and Local Collaboration

By | October 12, 2015

Finding new pathways through the disputes over Japanese-Korean history is delicate work. Mary Finch, in a guest essay, looks at fraught questions of collaboration, ideology, and the comfort women.

War by Other Means: South Korea’s Textbook Battlefield

By | October 09, 2015

The Ministry of Education plans to (re)implement a state-run textbook production system. Representatives from both the ruling and opposition parties use a recent parliamentary review session into the situation to verbally assault the other side’s position on the issue.

2nd Miracle on the Han: Mass Media Unites over History by Ministerial Fiat

By | October 09, 2015

The South Korean mass media rarely unites in condemnation of a domestic policy, but controversial and deeply flawed plans to “re-nationalize” the production of secondary school history textbooks made it happen. Christopher Green investigates.

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.

History, Smoke and Mirrors: Assessing North Korea’s Association for the Study of Human Rights

By | October 07, 2015

Can anything be learned from crawling through North Korea’s own report on its human rights situation and outlook? Adam Cathcart goes spelunking to find out.

Yongusil 78: Borderland Flows and The Capitalist Unconscious

By | October 04, 2015

An audio recording of a recent Sino-NK workshop surveys reinterpretions of Chinese-Korean history and economic interaction in the borderland, using fieldwork, and an important new text as touchstones.