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.

Politics in Viral Times: #Shigak no. 23

By | June 24, 2015

The latest issue of #Shigak recaps and analyzes some of the top stories and reports between May and June, focusing on a labor dispute at Kia Motors, an Ivy League pipe dream, and the political and economic consequences of the MERS outbreak.

Ulan Bator’s Small Country Diplomacy: The Case of North Korea

By | June 22, 2015

The larger powers in East and Northeast Asia have done little to mitigate Pyongyang’s pursuit of weaponry or to dampen its supposed desire to unify the peninsula under the Kimist banner. Now, an important key to resolving the North Korean crisis may rest in an unlikely source: Mongolia. Anthony Rinna explores.

Private Plots and “Water Shaming” in Yanbian

By | June 19, 2015

Just across the border from North Korea, water issues around private vegetable plots are causing friction among local residents and government officials. Adam Cathcart translates.

The Economics of Identity Change in South Korea

By | June 19, 2015

A demographic revolution has brought about manifold economic and political changes in South Korea over the last few decades, and might even be changing the way South Koreans think about the “nation.” Steven Denney reviews some of the relevant literature and talks with an agent of social change.

Cultures of Critique: Kim Jong-un on North Korean Deforestation

By | June 08, 2015

Kim Jong-un’s recent rhetoric lamented the deforestation of the North Korean landscape; Sino-NK assesses the challenges and possibilities for innovation.

Press Freedom and Split Ballots: #Shigak no. 22

By | May 26, 2015

#Shigak returns with fresh analysis of South Korea’s declining export competitiveness, a mixed assessment of media freedom, a by-election drubbing or three for the NPAD, and the judicial outcome of an unseemly defamation lawsuit.