Art and Performance
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.
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.
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.
The editorial team discusses the most stimulating reads and debates of lunar year 2012, the Year of the Dragon.
Charisma is hard to obtain and harder to retain. It is also ephemeral. Kim Jong-un wants it, has some, but needs more. Roger Cavazos starts watching the sky in the first of our anniversary extravaganza.
Jimin Lee unfolds more sanction-busting tactics bringing the North Korean television scene up to date from Beijing. Intro by Roger Cavazos.
What are the harmonic underpinnings of North Korean persuasion and social control? Adam Cathcart continues with an examination of a core DPRK opera.