Cultural Diplomacy

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.

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.

A New Focus on Inter-Korean Relations: Twelve Policy Recommendations for Park Geun-hye

By | February 24, 2013

Jang Jin-sung offers policy wisdom to coincide with the February 25th inauguration of South Korea’s new president, Ms. Park Geun-hye.

McCarthy Didn’t Die, He Went to Seoul: McCarthyism in South Korean Politics

By | February 21, 2013

Amid an ideologically-tinged news landscape, Steven Denney and Christopher Green translate a spat of name-calling aimed at progressive Seoul City mayor Park Won-soon.