Korean War

Symbolic Truth: Epic, Legends, and the Making of the Baekdusan Generals

By | May 17, 2013

Yonsei University PhD candidate Benoit Berthelier shows that myth in the DPRK not only elevates the position of the three Kim leaders in succession, but implicates individual Koreans into the myth and binds them closer with every retelling.

Groundhog Day: the Armistice Agreement in Historical Context

By | April 12, 2013

Nick Miller provides some historical context to the announcement that North Korea has scrapped the armistice agreement, in addition to examining China’s response to the recent threats of provocation coming from Pyongyang.

Atomic Aftermath: An Op-Ed Glossary

By | February 18, 2013

Adam Cathcart and Mycal Ford take on a slew of op-eds, half-truths, and brilliant assertions in a creative A-Z glossary of post-nuclear news and opinion.

A False Dichotomy: Professor Andrei Lankov on a Popular Revolution Imposed from Without

By | February 18, 2013

In the first of his exclusive occasional posts for SinoNK, Professor Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul explains how the North Korean revolution was both imposed by the USSR and supported by a substantial proportion of the North Korean people.

Clinging to North Korea: A Chinese Traditionalist View

By | January 24, 2013

An extended apology for China’s orthodox alignment with the DPRK was recently published in Huanqiu Shibao. Roger Cavazos translates, and goes on a journey that ranges from aircraft carriers to Afghanistan.

Considering a Reset of China’s ‘Special Relationship’ with North Korea: Huffington Post Live

By | December 19, 2012

What is the broader outlook for China’s relationship with North Korea in the aftermath of the DPRK’s missile test? SinoNK joins a conversation with the Huffington Post.

The Passing of Kim Jong-il: North Korea Still Mired in “Charismatic Politics”

By | December 17, 2012

Charisma is hard to obtain and harder to retain. It is also ephemeral. Kim Jong-un wants it, has some, but needs more. Roger Cavazos starts watching the sky in the first of our anniversary extravaganza.

Kim Il-Song as Logocentric Fundament: Ideology as Written Inheritance in the DPRK

By | November 04, 2012

If North Korea was preparing for change, how would you know? Adam Cathcart examines textual permutations of Kimism and their room for maneuver in the DPRK.

Game of Battleships: A Commentary on the History and Future of the Northern Limit Line Disputes

By | October 13, 2012

Mycal Ford surveys the turbulent waters around the disputed Northern Limit Line, probing for contemporary and historical clues about the possibility for renewed inter-Korean hostility.