Posts Tagged ‘juche’

A Roundtable Review of Charles Armstrong’s Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992

By | October 03, 2013

What does Sino-NK think about the history of the DPRK? Collect a myriad of opinions and perspectives in Sino-NK’s roundtable review of Charles Armstrong’s latest book, Tryanny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992. Introduction by Benjamin R. Young.

Benoit Symposium: Capitalist Dreams in the Communist Utopia: North Korea’s The Schoolgirl’s Diary

By | September 30, 2013

Engaging with a contemporary North Korean film, Sherri Ter Molen unpacks the usage of symbols derived from foreign–and what are often seen as hostile–sources within a distinctly North Korean cultural product.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.

The Importance of Confucian Values to Kim Jong Il’s System: Nicolas Levi on North Korean Ideology

By | August 28, 2012

Nicholas Levi, in a recent presentation in Seoul, makes the case that North Korea can be at least partially seen as the modern revival of the Choson Confucianism in terms of ideological phenomenon.

Soft Power on a Hardened Path: On DPRK Musical Performance

By | August 02, 2012

SinoNK Performing Arts Analyst Jimin Lee compares the Moranbong Band debut to the performative politics of a missile launch. Intro by Adam Cathcart.

Torture and “Public Security”: Kim Young-hwan’s Captivity and Sino-ROK Relations

By | August 01, 2012

Brian Gleason deconstructs the case of one man whose treatment in captivity in Dandong dwells in an unpleasant recess in the façade of Sino-North Korean security cooperation. Intro by Adam Cathcart.

Lady Gaga Meets Tunnel Warfare: Chronicling Chinese Educational Experiences in Pyongyang

By | March 22, 2012

Transnational educational linkages take time to develop, and they require steady cultivation. After thirty years of such exchanges in the US-China relationship, students and faculty on both sides of the Pacific still find themselves confronting immense cultural and expectation gaps.  How one navigates (or celebrates) such divides, in large measure, determines the value of the […]