Borderlands scholars recently met at Clare Hall, Cambridge University for the workshop “Tumen River Triangle in Northeast Asia,” organized by Heonik Kwon’s Beyond the Korean War project and Caroline Humphrey’s “Where Rising Powers Meet.” The participants, including many of Sino-NK’s own, discussed the historical continuities and contemporary changes in the Tumen River border region, with a focus on cross-border interactions, political topology, and economic transformations.
The 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, starting May 21, will cover a number of analytic bases, from conceptions of Utopia in American children’s literature to Chinese governmentality and Koreatown’s place in transnational urbanization. Sino-NK recaps the forthcoming event.
The Korean Economic Institute of America has been sponsoring a wealth of panels and research themes. Darcie Draudt recounts analysis of South Korean public opinion from a recent panel at the institute.
Sino-NK’s Director of Research captures and evaluates the Koreanist scholarship presented at last month’s Association of Asian Studies annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Study and scholarship focused on North Korea necessarily moves through a historical hinterland. A key panel at this years’ Association of Asian Studies Conference examined the buried, semi-hidden narratives revealed in Record Group 242, the Captured Documents Collection at the US National Archives.
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) recently published a report by Sheena Greitens on North Korea’s illicit business activities. The report expounds on much of Greitens’ earlier work, drawing upon interview material, translations, and the latest in the literature, including work by Sino-NK.
Yonho Kim’s report for the USKI on Koryolink and Orascom’s joint-venture reveals some of the institutional negotiation its customers engage in order to utilize and access its service. From technical work arounds to a hidden customer base, Darcie Draught reviews this intriguing glimpse at consumer life in North Korea.
Steven Denney, utilizing WVS surveys and political socialization theory, addresses cultural change in a Post-Industrial South Korea at the 17th Harvard East Asian Studies Conference.