Art and Performance

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.

The Passing of Kim Jong-il: North Korea Still Mired in “Charismatic Politics”

By | December 17, 2012

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.

Technology Linking: The DPRK’s “Quiet Opening”

By | October 26, 2012

Jimin Lee unfolds more sanction-busting tactics bringing the North Korean television scene up to date from Beijing. Intro by Roger Cavazos.

Reviewing “The Flower Girl”: DPRK Sea of Blood Opera Troupe on Tour in China (3)

By | September 23, 2012

What are the harmonic underpinnings of North Korean persuasion and social control? Adam Cathcart continues with an examination of a core DPRK opera.