Author Archive

“Spearing the Hearts” of Our/Those Korean People

By | September 24, 2013

You feel aggrieved that your proposed round of separated family reunions were cancelled, but does that cancellation make talk of “one nation” more relevant, or less? Recent data suggests the latter, at least south of the 38th. Darcie Draudt cross-references the data sets.

Mass Games for a Mass Audience: Another Sign of Cultural Diplomacy?

By | July 25, 2013

With Seoul and Pyongyang both set to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, English- and Korean-language media pick up on different points of a similar theme. Is the DPRK reaching out to foreign audiences for its “Victory Day”?

Suspicion, Repentance and Finding Spies in South Korean Media

By | July 19, 2013

On July 15, a confessed North Korean spy was arrested in Seoul. Darcie Draudt takes a brief look at two recent stories about spies in South Korean media this past week and draws some conclusions about the fine line between mobilizing a watchful nation and paranoia.

Packaged and Controlled by the Masculine State: Moranbong Band and Gender in New Chosun-Style Performance

By and | May 03, 2013

Darcie Draudt and Jimin Lee provide analysis of the Moranbong Band, plowing into the debate over gender, reform, and the future of North Korea.

Traumatized Defectors: North Korean Women, Sexual Violence, and Depression

By | April 19, 2013

On March 18, a North Korean woman who had defected in 2002 was killed in South Korea while at work as a prostitute. Darcie Draudt analyses the startling data.

“This Is Not a Test:” Yeongpyeong, Media Discourse, and Local Experience Today

By | April 02, 2013

Darcie Draudt weaves through the conflicting messages about and by the residents of Yeonpyeong Island, where normality and war go hand-in-hand.

Southern Teletubbies vs. Northern War Songs: Korean Media Dualities

By | March 20, 2013

Is South Korea a safe place today? It is safe enough for a TV show where Teletubbies talk politics, even as war songs thunder out of Pyongyang.

Jackson Five Ri-dux: More Sol-ju in the South Korean Media

By | March 12, 2013

It appears that the Ri sisters are not doing it for themselves, at least not in this new SinoNK blog post.