Art and Performance

Eternal Recurrence: North Korean Iconography

By | May 21, 2013

Highlighting continuities and nuclear disjunctures in North Korean depictions of the Kim family, Adam Cathcart glosses a Heonik Kwon essay and tags the Mansudae Art Studios.

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.

Moranbong Band: Joseon Style Electronic Music on a New Level

By | April 08, 2013

Sino-NK’s Performing Arts Analyst Jimin Lee examines the Moranbong Band’s debut “Demonstration Concert” through the lens of its own name—that is, as a demonstration of its potential to act as bridge to the world with its “New Joseon Style” of pop musical performance.

All the World’s a Stage. Looking Again at North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics

By | March 25, 2013

In a contrarian take on one of SinoNK’s favorite texts on North Korean ideology, Peter Ward, a young scholar in Seoul, delves into “Charismatic Politics” in the DPRK.

Counterpoint to Basketball Diplomacy: Beuys in Beijing, Beethoven in Pyongyang

By | March 12, 2013

Dennis Rodman may have made a bigger international splash, but Michiyoshi Inoue’s visit to Pyongyang was the more exciting event. Adam Cathcart contemplates why.

Hauling in the U.S.-DPRK Rebound: Two Opposing Chinese Perspectives

By | March 03, 2013

Was the Rodman visit with Kim Jong-un just one big farce? Scholars in Chinese think-tanks have taken it very seriously. Here, via SinoNK’s translations and analysis, China contemplates the prospects of a quick and stunning US-North Korean embrace.

Up Close and Personal: Dennis Rodman Hits Pyongyang

By | March 01, 2013

The capricious act of a dictator addicted to hoops, piercing the ethos of foggy secrecy in Pyongyang, or just a calculated push forward for North Korean sports propaganda? Christopher Green investigates.

Exit the Dragon: Sino-NK’s Roundtable on 2012 Reads

By | February 16, 2013

The editorial team discusses the most stimulating reads and debates of lunar year 2012, the Year of the Dragon.