On Reading North Korean Media: The Curse of the Web

By | October 31, 2016

In the first of a series based on evidence from more than two years spent mapping North Korean online media, Martin Weiser highlights patterns in how North Korean organizations operate and how human error and unchecked individual inputs can shape what we come to read.

Park Geun-hye: Deeply Unpopular, Just Like All the Rest

By | October 28, 2016

Park Geun-hye is mired in a scandal that is capable of ending her presidency. Her approval rating is scraping the floor. However, unpopular presidents are par for the course in South Korea, as Christopher Green notes.

South Korean Identity: The Return of Ethnic Exclusivism?

By | October 28, 2016

It is both necessary and interesting to take regular snapshots of identity. South Korea just did so. The “Korean identity survey” was conducted for the third time in 2015, and the results have now been published. Steven Denney parses the data.

From One Leader to Another, by Way of a Third: Putin’s Gift to Park Geun-hye

By | September 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin recently gave a piece of calligraphy by former President Park Chung-hee to Park’s daughter, incumbent ROK President Park Geun-hye. Returning with a new Jangmadang, Anthony Rinna looks at the protagonist and his gift through the lens of the Russian media.

Yongusil 88: Borders and Belonging at the 2016 Joint East Asian Studies Conference at SOAS

By and | September 26, 2016

Markus Bell and the Sino-NK team review Korea-focused presentations from the Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS), hosted by the University of London’s SOAS from September 7-9.

Yongusil 87: The National Archives at Kew, London

By | September 23, 2016

Benjamin Eckton reflects on his experience at The National Arhives at Kew (Greater London) reading dispatches from British Foreign Correspondents stationed in Northeast Asia during the period of Japanese occupation.

Pyongyang on the Neva: A North Korean Defection in Russia

By | September 12, 2016

Global reports imply a spate of intriguing North Korean defections in recent weeks and months. In one instance, a trade representative fled (or so it is said) for Belarus. Taking the Russian media as his evidence, Anthony Rinna investigates.

Ex-Minister of Unification Has Gloomy DPRK Bouncing Back

By | August 26, 2016

Sino-NK isn’t the only one taking a keen interest in China-DPRK borderland dynamics. More and more researchers are visiting the area to get a personal grasp of what is going on. Former ROK Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok did so in early August. Christopher Green looks at Lee’s report.

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