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Stephan Haggard’s Comment on Sinuiju SEZs

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Borderlands / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Stephan Haggard is frequently described as one of the top North Korea analysts in the United States; his breadth of interest, range of expertise, and command of massive amounts of data, along with his keen analytical eye all serve to confirm his standing in the research community.  I was therefore glad to see that he took interest in one of my recent papers on the subject of North Korean Special Economic Zones in and near […]

Tremors on the Periphery: Sinuiju Unrest

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Chinese Avant-Garde / East Asian modernity / Manchuria / North Korea / North Korean border region

Yesterday I got a message from one of my favorite North Korea specialists, Owen Miller at the School of Oriental and African Sciences in London, concening a recent disturbance in Sinuiju, the northwesternmost city in the DPRK and a bellwether when it comes to regime intentions and popular resistance. More information about the protests is available via Chosun Ilbo (Korean version here), as well as on an Asia Catholic website. Indeed, Daily NK now reports […]

Sinuiju Still Life

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North Korean border region

Several new photogalleries have popped up on the Chinese internet with regard to North Korea. This image dates from March 31, 2010, on the piers of Sinuiju: And yet more evidence from these photos from the Air Force school in the city that Sinuiju girls are tough as nails.  I, for one, will not be messing with North Pyong’an.

Police Payoffs in Chongjin and Upset Students in Sinuiju

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North Korea

The latest Good Friends report for January 2010 has been released, and includes these dispatches: Police Returned Stolen Objects to Owners after Receiving Payment At the Chungjin Preservation Center of Northern Hamgyong Province, possessions stolen during the 100-Day Battle were being returned as of December 8th. Officers have found 20 bicycles, 8 TV’s, 2 motorcycles, and 5 sacks of clothes upon capturing four thieves. Village residents had to pay in order to receive their own […]

Sinuiju Updates / North Korean News from China

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East Asian modernity / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Good Friends reports that swine flu has broken out in the northwestern border city of Sinuiju.  In addition to testimony from a mother, including rumors of a quarantine of Kaesong, the report describes that medicine sales have been halted on account of the recent currency revaluation. This report from Daily NK describes how piles of the old currency were being used by arsonists to light up old buildings in an unspecified North Korean city. The […]

Students in Sinuiju, DPRK

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Cultural Politics / North Korea / North Korean border region

The Daily NK reports that sightings of a few large boatloads of students in the large North Korean border city of Sinuiju are indications that the DPRK’s fuel shortages have abated, and that ferry service in Sinuiju (most likely to Uiju, upriver) is back in operation.  These are quite some photographs for anyone who has spent time in Dandong.  Normally it is the Chinese who pack the boats and stare joyously across the space: This […]

Mobile Phones in Sinuiju / 新义州手机管理

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North Korean border region

Good Friends (好朋友) organization reports the following news from Sinuiju: Illegal Chinese Mobile Phones Will be Monitored in Sinuiju Throughout the Year As of July 1st, officials in Sinuiju North Pyongan Province have been enforcing laws on users of illegal Chinese mobile phones and will continue to do so at least until the end of the year. New technology has been purchased in order to conduct the investigation. The wire tapping equipment is capable of […]

Collaborative Research and the New North Korean Social History

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history and memory / Korean War / North Korea / Sino-North Korean relations
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The writing of North Korean history is a difficult, exciting, contested, and increasingly social endeavour. Research networks and sharing of sources of ideas are more important than ever. Charles Armstrong’s publications of the early 2000s pointed in the direction of archivally-sourced and culturally-based treatments of early North Korean history, both during the period of state formation and during the Korean War (1945-1953). Much work, however, remains to be done. My own research on this period […]

Bubble at the Summit: Insecurities in Kim Jong-un Itineraries

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Borderlands / factionalism in North Korea / Kim Jong-un / Kim Jong-un health / Manchuria / North Korea / North Korean border region / Op-Ed / Sino-North Korean relations / Yanbian
KJU Wonsan

Is Kim Jong-un staggeringly confident, or do his behaviours and travel itineraries betray personal neuroses and structural fears? The short answer is that it depends on the issue under discussion. Let’s take the economy for starters. Like a shrimp rediscovering its appetite after an awful oil spill, the North Korean economy appears to be improving, or so argue a number of indicators. Several smaller dams around the Huichon behemoth are coming online, meaning there is more power […]

Toward understanding North Korean state fears of Dandong

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Borderlands / North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations
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On March 26, the Korean Central News Agency reported at length on a truly remarkable press conference. I say “remarkable” because it dealt with a topic that, if even half of the allegations stated were true, contained more than a few bombshells about a cluster of sensitive subjects. This characterization of sensitivity holds — not only because Dandong is the key conduit for Chinese-North Korean trade — ultimately because the narrative tacitly consists of a North Korean […]