The Moranbong Band’s meteoric ascent in North Korea has eclipsed ensembles associated with Kim Jong-il and cultural diplomacy with China. Analysis by Adam Cathcart.
What does the Chinese-North Korean relationship look like from the industrial hub of Shenyang? SinoNK’s correspondent tenders conclusions.
Landlords, class identity, and the wounding capabilities of wealth: Analzying a North Korean opera performance in China.
Wither Kim Jong-il’s cultural influence in North Korea? Adam Cathcart reviews a performance of North Korean opera in Sichuan.
Ben Young went from Yanji to Pyongyang during the Olympic Games, and arrives with a final assessment.
The Associated Press (AP), one of the world’s most respected sources for breaking news, is banking on making the deal of the century. Steven Denney analyzes the AP’s deal in Pyongyang, with Edgar Snow in China as a counterfoil.
Analysis of the Moranbong Band as an instrument of DPRK cultural diplomacy, interaction with “First Lady” Ri Sol-ju, and the geriatrics of the Politburo.
China’s “Soft Power” Goes Global: Li Keqiang, S.B. Cohen, and North Korea by Adam Cathcart Much attention has been paid, and rightly so, to the “Korea wave” (韩流) and its impacts on North Korean culture. But what about China’s efforts at “soft power” expansion? How, if at all, are these perceived in the DPRK? And […]