Cultural Diplomacy

Of Eruptions and Men: Science Diplomacy at North Korea’s Active Volcano

By | May 08, 2014

Dr. Kayla Iacovino of the US Geological Survey was witness to a fascinating moment of scientific connection between North Korea and the wider world. Recalling her experiences getting to and working from the volcanic frontline at Mt. Baekdu, she considers the broader implications of cooperation and engagement with North Korea.

Sino-NK 2013 Rewind: Pop Politics and the Narrative of the Bizarre

By | December 20, 2013

Sherri L. Ter-Molen takes the “outside” tack on North Korean cultural production and media engagement in 2013. From Dennis Rodman to Jang Sung-taek via Angry Birds and the Samjiyon.

Yongusil 21: North Korean Review on the Unhasu Orchestra in Paris and the AP in Pyongyang

By | December 13, 2013

The Unhasu Orchestra has disappeared from North Korean cultural life. Adam Cathcart and Steven Denney explore that orchestra’s role (and that of the AP) in diplomacy within North Korea’s political repertoire, in a newly-published scholarly article for the North Korean Review.

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”?

Parallel Visions: On the Origins of the Byungjin Line and Persistence of Richard Nixon

By | July 17, 2013

The new North Korean “Byungjin line” may be a more astute, historically-oriented and politically nuanced policy platform than it is given credit for. What this means for people hunting for the next Deng Xiaoping is an open question. Chief Editor Adam Cathcart explains.

The Korean Wave’s Northern Undertow: Cultural Hybridity and the Moranbong Band

By | June 25, 2013

Sherri L. Ter Molen examines the potential for the Moranbong Band, the North Korean all-girl musical performance group formed in 2012, to increase DPRK soft power by appealing to foreign audiences.

In Need of an Icon: Interview with Blaine Harden

By | May 15, 2013

In the third and last part of a Sino-NK exclusive interview, Blain Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14, discusses with Adam Cathcart the potential impact of the Chinese-language publication and his experience writing the book.