Yongusil 43: Baekdu and the Re-materialization of Korean Mountains at the Royal Geographical Society
Due in large part to the florid narratives of North Korean state power, Mt. Baekdu is often an object or passive presence in discussion; however, it is rarely subjected to assessment in its own right. One panel at the ongoing Royal Geographical Society annual international conference attempted to change that.
Christopher Richardson examines the mythological narrative of Kim Jong-il’s genesis, uncovering the carefully constructed combination of religion, half-truths, and state propaganda.
The latest Shigak recaps the crucial July 30 by-elections and discusses what the Saenuri Party’s electoral victory means for South Korean politics going forward. Additional stories covered include: Korea’s rising immigrant population, issues of national identity, and the fate of private high schools, among others.
Why did the North Korean commemorations of the July 27, 1953 Armistice dwell so heavily on Kim Jong-il, who was just a child during the Korean War? Adam Cathcart investigates how shifting histories in Pyongyang are laying the groundwork for ongoing succession narratives for the present leader.
The results of a recent survey conducted by Chosun Ilbo of visa-holding North Koreans in the Sino-North Korean borderlands offer a rare, if imperfect, glimpse of domestic public opinion in the DPRK. Christopher Green analyzes the findings.
Ongoing battles over historical narratives, an upcoming “mini-general election,” and efforts to deal with and adjust to an increasingly multicultural population were some of the major issues covered in the Korean and foreign media over the last few weeks. These pressing issues and more are covered in the latest issue of Shigak.
Bringing his Politics and Pollack series to a close, Robert Winstanley-Chesters explores the most recent pelagic developments in North Korea, focusing on the January 8 Fishing Station and the problematic notion of “charismatic time.”
A panel from the recent Oceanic Conference on International Studies at the University of Melbourne addressed the thematic and theoretical crossroads at which the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, North Korean socialization within its institutional framework, and a consideration of climate change from a “Relative Gains” perspective combine; Sino-NK was there.