Cultural Relations

Upstaging Dystopia: Adam Johnson and Suk-Young Kim on North Korea’s Performance Culture

By | May 08, 2012

Along with some fine displays of military bravura and a notable speech by the new North Korean leader-commissar (before he retired to enjoy a smoke), April was a month during which foreigners shone their bright talents as entertainers for the Pyongyang elite.  Now those musicians and jugglers and PLA singers (no true jesters were allowed, […]

Kim Jong Suk and the Search for a Usable Past

By | April 28, 2012

Kim Jong Suk and the Search for a Usable Past by Adam Cathcart In a long and bruising essay published last month, the historian Benjamin Korn rendered a fascinating verdict on countries that would look away from the awful truth of their collective past: To look away is a kingly art. Louis the Fourteenth mastered […]

Jersey on the Taedong: Pedagogical Resources for Robert Egan’s “Eating with the Enemy”

By | April 28, 2012

Jersey on the Taedong: Pedagogical Resources for Robert Egan’s “Eating with the Enemy” by Adam Cathcart As apparently noxious as US-North Korea relations are at present, it is worth noting that efforts for cultural exchange never stopped in 2012 and may be primed to expand [1]. An American men’s chorus performed at the far-reaching April […]

North Korea’s Cha-Cha Dance with the U.S.A

By | April 03, 2012

Jimin Lee is the SinoNK.com Analyst for Performing Arts. While Lee has already looked at North Korea’s cultural diplomacy with China and France, today Lee’s gaze turns toward a perennial enemy of the DPRK, the United States. – Charles Kraus, Managing Editor North Korea’s Cha-Cha Dance with the U.S.A by Jimin Lee The Washington Post […]

Reading the ‘Riot Act’: North Korea Themes in the Chinese Media, March 2012

By | April 01, 2012

Reading the ‘Riot Act’: North Korea Themes in the Chinese Media, March 2012 by Adam Cathcart President Obama’s recent critiques of China’s failure to coerce the DPRK back from the launching pad are worth revisiting. The American President repeats, more or less, Bush administration complaints that China is still holding back from using what tends […]

Patterns of Absence in Sino-North Korean Mutual Media Coverage (1)

By | March 27, 2012

Patterns of Absence in Sino-North Korean Mutual Media Coverage by Adam Cathcart In their essay “Tea Leaves and Turtle Shells,”  a group of analysts associated with Johns Hopkins University described prospective guidelines for DPRK media analysis. How, though, do we approach North Korean media about China, and vice versa? Back in the old days (that […]

Rehearsal, Propaganda, Unity: Documenting the DPRK Unhasu Orchestra’s Performance in Paris

By | March 24, 2012

Having analyzed the meaning of the Sea of Blood Opera Troupe’s three-month tour across China, Performing Arts Analyst Jimin Lee returns to SinoNK.com with a multivalent examination of the Unhasu Orchestra’s March 14 performance in Paris.  — Adam Cathcart, Editor-in-Chief  Rehearsal, Propaganda, Unity: Documenting the DPRK Unhasu Orchestra’s Performance in Paris by Jimin Lee On […]

Lady Gaga Meets Tunnel Warfare: Chronicling Chinese Educational Experiences in Pyongyang

By | March 22, 2012

Transnational educational linkages take time to develop, and they require steady cultivation. After thirty years of such exchanges in the US-China relationship, students and faculty on both sides of the Pacific still find themselves confronting immense cultural and expectation gaps.  How one navigates (or celebrates) such divides, in large measure, determines the value of the […]