Defectors

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.

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.

Traumatized Defectors: North Korean Women, Sexual Violence, and Depression

By | April 19, 2013

On March 18, a North Korean woman who had defected in 2002 was killed in South Korea while at work as a prostitute. Darcie Draudt analyses the startling data.

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.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.

Camp 22 and Camp 14: Barbed Signposts for the New Kim Era

By | January 27, 2013

This essay by Christopher Green covers the alleged closure of Camp 22, dissects news that Camp 14 is expanding, and casts doubt upon Kim Jong-un’s approach to human rights in North Korea.

Double Defectors: Signifiers of Pyongyang’s Strategic Shift

By | December 06, 2012

Are these people spies? Genuine defectors fooled into returning? Or defectors making a rational choice based on their experiences of discrimination in the Republic of Korea? Brian Gleason investigates.