A look at the politics of reproduction and sexuality in Hyesan, North Korea’s fourth largest city, a gray metropolis which sprawls along the banks of the shallow Yalu river across from the Chinese city of Changbai.
SinoNK.com, in collaboration with NK Leadership Watch, is currently concluding a major investigation of North Korea’s relations with China in the last two months of Kim Jong Il’s life. This process will culminate with the release of a substantial database and analysis, which we are including as third in a series of China-North Korea Dossiers. […]
Kim Jong Suk and the Search for a Usable Past by Adam Cathcart In a long and bruising essay published last month, the historian Benjamin Korn rendered a fascinating verdict on countries that would look away from the awful truth of their collective past: To look away is a kingly art. Louis the Fourteenth mastered […]
A generation of North Korean leaders came of age in the 1930s and 1940s, and the bonds and relationships which had developed among them during this time — that is, during the Manchurian guerrilla experience and the subsequent North Korean revolution — shaped political developments in Kim Il Sung’s DPRK. Apart from the highly relevant […]
What is new and what is old in North Korea? As was pointed out in a particularly astute recent article in the Washington Post, especially during this transition, Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) forms the ultimate baseline for determining North Korean culture in its many forms, and for measuring its evolution. As B.R. Myers points out in […]