Links for July 30, 2010

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North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations / US-North Korea relations

As a stand-in for more narrative and original blog posts when I get back from “vacation,” please enjoy the following links in three categories:

Mao’s Forgotten Son, The Korean War Remembered

Newly-married Liu Siji (left) and Mao Anying, 1949-1950


History education: 140+ photos of Korea before the war

New photos of Mao Anying, Mao Zedong’s son translating for Russians in Beijing, May 1950, just six months before he was killed by an American napalm raid in northeast North Korea

Some Chinese are paying attention to how their forces are being portrayed in new South Korean war films

Liu Siji Visits Mao Anying's gravesite in 2006 for the first time since 1959, flanked by North Korean Frauen

English-language sources

KCNA on looting during fall 1950 US occupation of North Korea

Yet again, NK calls for an armistice. Hard to believe in the context.

Chinese-language sources

North Korea stirs thoughts of Maoist legacy, long worshipful quotes from Deng Xiaoping (in Chinese)

Huanqiu recalls the great Korean War films of the 1960s and 70s (in Chinese)

Just another day of reminding Chinese people that North Korea needed help in the 1950s (in Chinese)

Photos of Liu’s visit to Mao Anying’s gravesite in North Korea, 2006

刘思齐, Mao Anying’s widow, describes his gravesite in North Pyong’an, near Kuandian

Rather interesting BBS debate on presence of Maoism in PLA & NK today

General North Korea

Sheila Melvin’s essential article on Chinese reception of North Korean opera

DPRK, Kim Jong Eun losing face by running short of concrete in Pyongyang. China not helping, driving up price.

BBC segment on North Korea flooding, crops and infrastructure destroyed excerpts from state TV

BBC interviews @BarbaraDemick

A worthwhile read re: visit to Kim Il Song’s tomb

Joshua Stanton on “Why there is a Cold War in Asia”

Isn’t this the definition of a poor state? NK trying to pay back Cold War-era debts to Czech IN GINSENG

Sino-Korean Borderland News

On the cross-border trading habits and difficulties of merchants in Hyesan, NK

“Once-proud Dongbei became the Chinese version of Flint, Michigan: a Rust Belt of decay…with no future.”

DailyNK item re: prostitution is much more comprehensive in Chinese than English Currency reforms to blame again.

North Hamgyong gov in a major effort to check Chinese computers (English) (Chinese)

NK nervous about leasing ports? News items always about worshipful foreigners in Chongjin.

Fatal mudslides in Kuandian宽甸县/Dandong, meaning: DPRK North Pyong’an also inundated.

The Dalian oil spill was far, far worse than reported, says Richard Steiner in Beijing.  Steiner was on the scene for two days and notes that oil may well indeed clot up North Korea’s northwest coast.  Link to the story by Liberation (already Google translated for inveterate Anglophones)

Finally, don’t miss the Huanqiu photo galleries of South Korean society in the 1960s and 1970s — there is a lot of catching up to do in this very important relationship!  

This Man is Running to Complete his Tenure Report at a Beautiful Temple for the Edification of Minds and Spirits -- so we have something in common after all! -- courtesy Huanqiu Shibao

The Author

Lecturer of Chinese history at University of Leeds, and Editor-in-Chief of


  1. Gag Halfrunt says

    The photos of South Korea in the 1960s remind me of pictures of China in the 1980s. I get the same sense of everything being drab and run-down.

    • adamcathcart says

      There really is something about the way that that grey smog/mist interacts with the walls and the pavement…

      I was thinking looking at these photos in the context of the Huanqiu Shibao was more meant to evoke North Korea’s present stage of development; e.g., to give a tangible comparison point for the two Koreas given that mainland audiences were more or less cut off from the ROK in the Park Chung-Hee period.

  2. Pingback: Mao Zedong as a Father: Nianpu Notes from January 1951 | SinoMondiale

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