Archive for August, 2012:

The Ecologic and the Politic, Nature and the Natural – A Virtual Symposium Exploring the North Korean Environmental

By | August 30, 2012

Robert Winstanley-Chesters lays down the gauntlet in a manifesto for a digital/virtual academic symposium focusing on the DPRK’s encounter with global and local environmental narratives.

Expedient Sell-Off or Prosperous Fundament? Scott Bruce on North Korea’s Mineral Economy

By | August 30, 2012

Scott Bruce, at The Diplomat, investigates the connection between North Korean economic reform and the country’s deep and possibly transformative mineral reserves.

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.

Pedal Primacy: On the Bicycle in Kaesong

By | August 28, 2012

Christopher Green discusses the the ubiquitousness of bicycles in the DPRK, the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), expropriation of wage earners at KIC and other joint ventures, and making it in North Korea’s urban areas.

Food Aid, Nuclear Digging, Regime Stability, and ‘Sources’: Yong Kwan’s Interview with Chris Green

By | August 28, 2012

A 50-minute interview on the series features Christopher Green, the international managing editor for the Daily NK in Seoul, with Yong Kwon.

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.

Reading North Korean “Reform” in Shenyang: Reportage

By | August 26, 2012

What does the Chinese-North Korean relationship look like from the industrial hub of Shenyang? SinoNK’s correspondent tenders conclusions.

The Liaoning Fulcrum: Dandong in Pictures

By | August 23, 2012

A short report and photo essay from the border city of Dandong, where construction has resumed on China’s new bridge to North Korea and trade continues to rumble along.