Yongusil 102: Borderland Readings of Note
Adam Cathcart returns to the pages of Sino-NK with a timely overview of some of the more intriguing and recent scholarly contributions on the Sino-Korean border region.
Returning to the Courtyard: Rescaling Charismatic Landscapes in North Korea
Robert Winstanley-Chesters considers how human and critical geographies can be used as vectors for analysis of the viability of North Korea’s political landscapes.
Private Plots and “Water Shaming” in Yanbian
Just across the border from North Korea, water issues around private vegetable plots are causing friction among local residents and government officials. Adam Cathcart translates.
Cultures of Critique: Kim Jong-un on North Korean Deforestation
Kim Jong-un’s recent rhetoric lamented the deforestation of the North Korean landscape; Sino-NK assesses the challenges and possibilities for innovation.
Yongusil 58: Benjamin Habib: Building a Literature of North Korean engagement with the UNFCCC
Following its minimal attendance at recent COP meetings of the UNFCCC, North Korea’s concerns and aspirations surrounding climate change are unclear. Benjamin Habib’s new article for Pacific Affairs seeks to determine causality and assess future intention.
Mountains and Seas of Gold: 2015 New Year’s Message
Robert Winstanley-Chesters returns to Sino-NK with his thoughts on Kim Jong-un’s 2015 New Year’s Address from a developmental and narrative point of view, going past – way, way past – debatable calls for inter-Korean rapprochement to look at the developmental sloughs and sumps therein concealed.
Odyssey of Extortion: Chinese Press Coverage of the North Korean Boat Hijacking
When armed North Korean soldiers boarded their vessel, six Chinese fishermen and their boat were in for a rough ride. An exclusive Sino-NK translation and media analysis.
Politics and Pollack: It Takes a Nation of Fishes
Bringing his Politics and Pollack series to a close, Robert Winstanley-Chesters explores the most recent pelagic developments in North Korea, focusing on the January 8 Fishing Station and the problematic notion of “charismatic time.”
Yongusil 42: OCIS, North Korea, Institutional Socialization, and the UNFCC
A panel from the recent Oceanic Conference on International Studies at the University of Melbourne addressed the thematic and theoretical crossroads at which the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, North Korean socialization within its institutional framework, and a consideration of climate change from a “Relative Gains” perspective combine; Sino-NK was there.