Materials show how the DPRK has been changing its own Korean war narrative — and keeping it stable. The return to fulsome gratefulness to China in the last week of July, and the in-depth discussion of the glories of socialist internationalism before that, showed that North Korea seems determined not to go forward absent the protective shield of the Chinese People’s Republic.
Roger Cavazos examines what a renewed outbreak of hostilities would actually look like along the arms-clogged waist of the Korean peninsula. Includes link to an extensive illustrated working paper.
Reappraising Chinese-Korean Relations in the Wake of June 25 by Charles Kraus In anticipation of the upcoming 62nd anniversary of June 25, a date which is commonly known as the “start” of the Korean War, the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) prepared for release the translation of 34 Chinese documents from Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since […]
Romney’s Dog, Campaign Finance, and the NBA Playoffs: American Culture through the Rodong Sinmun Lens by Adam Cathcart As anyone with even a passing interest in the DPRK can attest, of the themes which variously thunder, thrum, or skip intermittently through the North Korean media, criticism of the United States is a constant. The recent […]
China’s “Soft Power” Goes Global: Li Keqiang, S.B. Cohen, and North Korea by Adam Cathcart Much attention has been paid, and rightly so, to the “Korea wave” (韩流) and its impacts on North Korean culture. But what about China’s efforts at “soft power” expansion? How, if at all, are these perceived in the DPRK? And […]
Jersey on the Taedong: Pedagogical Resources for Robert Egan’s “Eating with the Enemy” by Adam Cathcart As apparently noxious as US-North Korea relations are at present, it is worth noting that efforts for cultural exchange never stopped in 2012 and may be primed to expand . An American men’s chorus performed at the far-reaching April […]
Analysts are not cartoonists, nor are they plaintive photographers who can stun us into insight in a single instant. In a media environment where one is often provoked to, in Aidan Foster-Carter’s phrase, “cue the sneer” toward East Asia’s one-party states, the analyst has to plunge ahead anyway with meaningful work. Thus Nick Miller, SinoNK’s […]