Red State, Blue State, Slave State: Reviewing Melanie Kirkpatrick’s “Escape from North Korea” (Part I)
Adam Cathcart embarks on a review of a new text which analyzes the China-North Korean border region and the Korean “refugee crisis” in northeast Asia, with reference to antebellum America.
Amplifying and analyzing critiques of South Korea made by human rights activist Kim Young-hwan at a Yonsei talk, Steven Denney takes on B.R. Myers and the history of the ROK.
Zhou Yongkang and the Ministry of Public Security appear primed for a demotion. Is Kim Jong-un losing his strongest supporter in Beijing? Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga unpacks the story.
Reveals how recent North Korean accusations of “terrorism” are actually a detailed means of expressing anger at China’s new ties with South Korean intelligence agencies.
Beautiful Defectors, Part II. Everyday Fashion as Political: Blending into the South Korean Middle Class
Darcie Draudt and Brian Gleason dig deeper into the issue of identity as revealed in a new South Korean variety show that stars female North Korean defectors.
The show “Now on My Way to Meet You” combines comedy and commentary as a way to tap into the South Korean collective conscious and “introduce” the lives of defectors to the public at-large.
Brian Gleason deconstructs the case of one man whose treatment in captivity in Dandong dwells in an unpleasant recess in the façade of Sino-North Korean security cooperation. Intro by Adam Cathcart.
Readers who were living in “West Germany” one day and then just “Germany” the next will be familiar with the dizzying array of new dynamics and inter-Korean interactions envisioned in a united Korea. If the limited sample size of North Koreans living in South Korea today is any indication, language will again be a thorny […]