Women

Traumatized Defectors: North Korean Women, Sexual Violence, and Depression

By | April 19, 2013

On March 18, a North Korean woman who had defected in 2002 was killed in South Korea while at work as a prostitute. Darcie Draudt analyses the startling data.

Counterpoint to Basketball Diplomacy: Beuys in Beijing, Beethoven in Pyongyang

By | March 12, 2013

Dennis Rodman may have made a bigger international splash, but Michiyoshi Inoue’s visit to Pyongyang was the more exciting event. Adam Cathcart contemplates why.

Ri Sol-ju, Conspicuous Wealth, and the “Military Wife” Type in the DPRK

By | December 12, 2012

SinoNK’s analyst for gender issues, Darcie Draudt, takes a look at Ri Sol-ju as part of a class of women who are doing increasingly well, thanks to their connections. Is such upward mobility to be emulated or despised?

Ko Young-hee and Ri Sol-ju: Media (Re)constructions of Kim Jong-un’s Ideal Women

By | November 08, 2012

In a new article for the Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Darcie Draudt discusses the extensive construction of “a new kind of DPRK woman” in the age of Ri Sol-ju. Introduction by Steven Denney.

Red State, Blue State, Slave State: Reviewing Melanie Kirkpatrick’s “Escape from North Korea” (Part I)

By | November 06, 2012

Adam Cathcart embarks on a review of a new text which analyzes the China-North Korean border region and the Korean “refugee crisis” in northeast Asia, with reference to antebellum America.

Ailing Regent, Fledgling Marshal: Nick Miller on the Kim Kyong-hui Factor

By | October 11, 2012

She has returned, clad in black, yet her future at the heart of the Kim regime remains an open question. Analyst Nick Miller examines what it would mean for North Korea if Kim Kyong-hui were to disappear.

Beautiful Defectors: An Exploration of South Korea’s “Now on My Way to Meet You”

By | August 03, 2012

The show “Now on My Way to Meet You” combines comedy and commentary as a way to tap into the South Korean collective conscious and “introduce” the lives of defectors to the public at-large.

“A North Korean Woman Must Be Crazy To Take Up Smoking”: The Gendering of Smoking in North Korea

By | July 26, 2012

The state says that North Korean women do not smoke because they are supposed to be pure, clean, and untainted – like the nation itself. Ben Young finds something quite different to be true.