Cultural Relations

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”?

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.

A Soupçon of Anger: KCNA-China File No. 23

By | May 19, 2013

Looking back at a period of bilateral agony, Sino-NK returns to December 2012, capturing several critical months of North Korean discussion about China.

Through the DPRK Information Membrane: Interview with Blaine Harden

By | May 10, 2013

In the second part of Sino-NK’s interview with Blaine Harden, the author of Escape from Camp 14 discusses the trials of life in defector society and its search for a defining leader, as well as borderlands journalism and the controversial AP bureau in Pyongyang.

Mobilizing Human Rights Infrastructure in 24 Languages: Interview with Blaine Harden

By | May 01, 2013

A young man named Shin Dong-hyuk stands at the forefront of a cultural shift that is changing the way the world perceives, and divides, North Korea the state and North Korea the people. In the first part of an outstanding new interview, Blaine Harden, the author of Shin’s story, speaks to Adam Cathcart about what it all means in part one of a three-part series.

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.

The Historical Roots of Defensive Fundamentalism in North Korea: Maurizio Riotto

By | April 03, 2013

What are the roots of Korean skepticism towards China? SinoNK features a working paper by a top Italian Koreanist, with analysis by Aaron McNicholas.