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.
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”?
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
Darcie Draudt and Jimin Lee provide analysis of the Moranbong Band, plowing into the debate over gender, reform, and the future of North Korea.
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.
Darcie Draudt weaves through the conflicting messages about and by the residents of Yeonpyeong Island, where normality and war go hand-in-hand.
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.
It appears that the Ri sisters are not doing it for themselves, at least not in this new SinoNK blog post.