Posts Tagged ‘Korean War’

Hagiography of the Kims and the Childhood of Saints: Kim Jong-il

By | August 12, 2014

Christopher Richardson examines the mythological narrative of Kim Jong-il’s genesis, uncovering the carefully constructed combination of religion, half-truths, and state propaganda.

“Victory Day,” the Canonization of Kim Jong-il, and North Korean Succession Politics

By | August 02, 2014

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 Sincheon Massacre: Historical Fact and Historical Revision

By | September 17, 2013

In a comprehensive new guest post, French student Patrick Tapy takes an insightful look at the evidence surrounding one of the most controversial events of the Korean War: the killings at Sincheon in South Hwanghae Province during late 1950.

Phobia of Nuclear War: Interviews with North Koreans

By | March 09, 2013

Short interviews with North Korean citizens indicate that, for the DPRK, the spreading discussion of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula is a double-edged sword.

Clinging to North Korea: A Chinese Traditionalist View

By | January 24, 2013

An extended apology for China’s orthodox alignment with the DPRK was recently published in Huanqiu Shibao. Roger Cavazos translates, and goes on a journey that ranges from aircraft carriers to Afghanistan.

Game of Battleships: A Commentary on the History and Future of the Northern Limit Line Disputes

By | October 13, 2012

Mycal Ford surveys the turbulent waters around the disputed Northern Limit Line, probing for contemporary and historical clues about the possibility for renewed inter-Korean hostility.

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