Research Room

Yongusil 97: On the Academic Misconduct of Charles Armstrong, and Sino-NK’s 2013 Roundtable

By | September 25, 2019

With the field of Korean Studies (hopefully) chastened by the exposure of Charles Armstrong’s misconduct, Sino-NK reflects on the case and our role in it.

Yongusil 96: Russia, South Korea and the New Northern Policy

By | July 01, 2019

It is common for Seoul to have a special program dedicated to solidifying economic ties with Russia. But as Anthony Rinna writes in a new paper for the Journal of Eurasian Studies, several factors are set to hinder success once again.

New Values and Old Orders: Where do North Koreans Fit in the New South Korea?

By | May 14, 2019

A new report by Steven Denney, Christopher Green, and Peter Ward explores native South Koreans’ attitudes towards defector-migrants and other prospective immigrants. A launch event with Leiden Asia Centre follows on Thursday 16 May.

North Korean Markets and the High Seas: A Review of Justin Hastings’ “A Most Enterprising Country”

By | February 25, 2019

Is North Korea ready to radically expand its interactions with the international trading system? According to one scholar, it already has.

Yongusil 95: The Korean Wave and Identity in the Land of Liberty

By | September 25, 2018

K-pop isn’t just about the music. Summarizing her findings from her recently defended doctoral dissertation, “’Black American, heart American’: Non-Korean identities in U.S. Korean Meetup groups,” Dr. Sherri Ter Molen explains how the Korean wave has changed the everyday lives of ordinary Americans.

Yongusil 94: Decoding the Sino-North Korean Borderlands

By , and | July 09, 2018

Sino-NK senior editors are excited to announce we have been working with Amsterdam University Press on an edited volume dealing with the issues and contradictions of the PRC-DPRK border. Our aim is to bring migration and economic issues into holistic dialogue. Here, we briefly introduce the project.

Onward Migration: Why Do North Korean Migrants Leave South Korea?

By | February 26, 2018

Many North Korean migrants seek final destinations beyond South Korea. Why is that? Reflecting upon several years worth of fieldwork in the United Kingdom, Dr. Jay Song shares what she learned about North Korean migrants who migrate onwards.

Yongusil 93: Socialism’s Influence on Syngman Rhee and the Founding of the Republic

By | August 05, 2017

Was Syngman Rhee as explicitly anti-communist as he is often portrayed? How prominent a role did ideology play in Rhee’s role as a statesman and founding father of the Republic of Korea? Historical documents indicate things are more complicated than commonly assumed. A new working paper in the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) considers the evidence.