How unique is North Korea? A quartet of contributions from Rudiger Frank, Georgy Toloraya, Christopher Green, and Robert Winstanley-Chesters address this question, via review of an important new book.
Coming temporarily out of retirement, Jacques Hersh and Ellen Brun, European leftist intellectuals and Asianists of yore, review Hazel Smith’s mighty tome on markets and military rule.
The latest roundtable review brings into focus Sandra Fahy’s Marching Through Suffering, a harrowing and powerful text about the social and psychological implications of famine in North Korea.
Change is afoot within the national conscious of the (South) Korean body politic. Sino-NK’s Steven Denney and Christopher Green review the latest piece of scholarship devoted to explaining the latest changes and variations in Korean nationhood and nationalism.
In a new “neutron star” of a book, sociologist Shine Choi delves into the many ways of seeing North Korea. Sino-NK reviews the argumentative battlefield.
A Roundtable Review of Suk-young Kim’s DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border
Suk-Young Kim’s new scholarly monograph on the performance and emotional perils of Korean division provokes a trio of responses.
For the ranks of Korean intellectuals and essayists, the zeitgeist of the 1930s and 40s was both fantastic and pessimistic in equal measure. Scholar Janet Poole intrepidly situates their writings, and their lives, in her new book. Reviewed here by Sino-NK.
Yongusil 63: Black Panthers and the Sun, Benjamin Young on North Korea and Anti-Colonialist connections
Director of Research, Robert Winstanley-Chesters, reviews Benjamin Young’s newly published piece in Japan Focus, “Juche in the United States: The Black Panther Party’s Relations with North Korea.”
Han Sorya’s conception of Americans as “jackals” is a wartime description of an enemy but one that never went away–in a sense like the war itself. In this essay, David Fields surveys the strength of North Korean state narratives, folding in a very famous Korean War short story and a certain controversial Hollywood film.
In this dual book review, Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Steven Denney review Sho Konishi’s Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan and Todd Henry’s Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, respectively.
Marketization in North Korea does more to maintain the regime than undermine it, argues Park Hyeong-jung of KINU. In the latest in a series of review essays covering key elements of contemporary North Korean economic history, Christopher Green reviews Park’s “Towards a Political Analysis of Markets in North Korea.”