Hunger, Ethnic Affinity, and Exodus: Jaeeun Kim on Chinese Koreans during the Great Leap Forward
To what extent did Chinese Koreans in Yanbian in the 1950s and 60s turn to North Korea out of necessity?
Review: Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and Journeys In Between by Ed Pulford
Across the length and breadth of the Sino-Russian border, Ed Pulford discusses continuity and change in this oft-overlooked corner of the world, providing insight on the state of relations between these two countries in years -past and decades to come.
Review: The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War by Monica Kim
Interrogation documents, Cold War loyalties, and Japanese Americans vs. North Koreans — moments from Monica Kim’s book and insights into her expansive vision of the Korean War.
Dual Perspective: Reading Thae Yong-ho
Thae Yong-ho’s memoir marks a bold attempt to push back the tide of South Korean public ambivalence toward North Korea, a sprawling 500-page narrative of his experiences in the DPRK diplomatic corps over twenty years and ending with his 2016 defection. Robert Lauler takes a look at this essential, if flawed, text.
Reading North Korea by Chosun: A Roundtable Review
The study of North Korea, much like the country itself, is neither static or unchanging. Sino-NK reviews a recent addition to the canon: Kim Byeongro’s “Reading North Korea by Chosun” (2016).
Imagining a Sino-US Conflict: Review of Kim Jin-myung’s Novel “US-China War”
South Korean novelist Kim Jin-myung released the behemoth “US-China War” in December last year. Kim controversially alleges that Washington’s strategic goal may not “merely” be the demolition of the DPRK, but crossing the Yalu to destroy the rising China, too. Robert Lauler reviews this pertinent and testy work of political fiction.
A Roundtable Review of Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea
In their new book, Hard Target, Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland concentrate on the nature and underlying factors influencing the effectiveness of sanctions against North Korea; Sino-NK has concentrated on convening a roundtable to review it.
Unveiling the North Korean Economy: A Roundtable Review
In this roundtable review, we take a magnifying glass to Unveiling the North Korean Economy by Kim Byung-yeon, to see whether the English language finally has the book on the North Korean economy that it needs.
A Roundtable Review of Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence
Sheena Greitens examines the ways coercion is employed in authoritarian regimes in her new book, adding theoretical and empirical insights to the literature on authoritarian regime durability. Sino-NK reviews her contribution.