Posts Tagged ‘Kim Ki-nam’

Kim Ki-nam: North Korea’s Orchestral Politics

By | June 27, 2014

Octogenarian propaganda doyen Kim Ki-nam has survived at the top of North Korean politics for decades. Quite apart from all the perks that tend to accrue to such people, the other thing former Rodong Sinmun editor Kim has earned from his exertions is the attention of Adam Cathcart.

Eternal Recurrence: North Korean Iconography

By | May 21, 2013

Highlighting continuities and nuclear disjunctures in North Korean depictions of the Kim family, Adam Cathcart glosses a Heonik Kwon essay and tags the Mansudae Art Studios.

In One Trench: Parsing Iran’s Tech Agreement with the DPRK

By | October 17, 2012

Brian Gleason delves into the recent technology agreements entered into between Iran and North Korea. Roger Cavazos aids in introducing the first of Gleason’s posts that deal with this emerging “axis of information” and high tech.

Empty Beat: On the Relative Worth of North Korean Revolutionary Music Ensembles

By | August 30, 2012

The Moranbong Band’s meteoric ascent in North Korea has eclipsed ensembles associated with Kim Jong-il and cultural diplomacy with China. Analysis by Adam Cathcart.

Let Them Eat Concerts, II: Musical Diplomacy, the Ri Sol-ju Rollout, and Kim Ki-Nam

By | August 04, 2012

Analysis of the Moranbong Band as an instrument of DPRK cultural diplomacy, interaction with “First Lady” Ri Sol-ju, and the geriatrics of the Politburo.

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By | July 01, 2012

In My Father’s House There Are Many Bunkers: Assessing the Kim Jong Un Speech

By | May 13, 2012

Kim Jong Un’s pre-centennial speech to the WPK, admonishing the functionaries to hold his grandfather and father — now the eternal General Secretary of the WPK — in high esteem, occurred in what are anything but thriving times.  In North Korea, such behavior is the continuation of an old tradition.[1]  The April 15 speech, analyzed […]

Ambassador Liu Reappears, or, Why Opera Matters

By | January 13, 2012

It is a working assumption here at Sino-NK that the Chinese Embassy has been decidedly on “the outs” with the North Korean leadership in the immediate aftermath of Kim Jong Il’s death.  The strife over the mysterious deaths of seven Chinese businessmen/tourists in late November 2011, along with the Embassy’s public implication that Kim’s death […]