Yongusil 17: One Dream, Three Nations: Adam Cathcart on “Double Defectors” at the 2013 Korea-UK Forum on the Peaceful Unification of Korea
Following ROK President Park Geun-hye’s succesful and unifying visit to London and Buckingham Palace, our Editor in Chief Adam Cathcart appears in London at the 2013 Korea-UK Forum on the Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula.
Are these people spies? Genuine defectors fooled into returning? Or defectors making a rational choice based on their experiences of discrimination in the Republic of Korea? Brian Gleason investigates.
One of China’s top DPRK experts opens up about his personal experiences with repatriating North Korean defectors, thoughts about nuclear war, Korean reunification, and the impact of Chinese public opinion on the CCP’s North Korea policy. Emile Dirks translates.
As the case of the “Laos Nine” reverberates, Brian Gleason examines the motivations and tactics behind Pyongyang’s recent move to place “redefectors” front and center in the public discourse within North Korea itself in the second installment of a two-part series.
Brian Gleason shows how instances of double defections are being slyly used by the North Korean regime for propagandistic effect.
Beautiful Defectors, Part II. Everyday Fashion as Political: Blending into the South Korean Middle Class
Darcie Draudt and Brian Gleason dig deeper into the issue of identity as revealed in a new South Korean variety show that stars female North Korean defectors.
Nick Miller, whose interests, like those of the DPRK itself, span the borderlands and beyond, looks at DPRK-Laos relations and the case of nine young defectors sent back from whence they came.
Thae Yong-ho’s memoir marks a bold attempt to push back the tide of South Korean public ambivalence toward North Korea, a sprawling 500-page narrative of his experiences in the DPRK diplomatic corps over twenty years and ending with his 2016 defection. Robert Lauler takes a look at this essential, if flawed, text.