All posts tagged: KPA

Hungry Soldiers, Bloodshed on the Tumen: Sources [Updated]

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Borderlands / Sino-North Korean relations
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[Update: An much-expanded version of this post, including a full translation of a Chinese editorial about the matter, was published yesterday at Sino-NK.] On the morning of 27 December, a North Korean soldier reportedly left his post in North Hamgyong province, walked across the frozen Tumen river into a small village in the PRC’s Helong county, and proceeded to shoot and kill four civilians before being wounded and apprehended by Chinese border guards. If you haven’t been […]

Inside North Korea: French Edition

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EU-East Asia relations / French / history and memory / Korean War / North Korea / North Korean border region

I found this French film, apparently shot in spring 2010, to be better than most treatments of the North Korean tourist experience.  Among other things, a young North Korean “rapper” is encountered in an amusement park (at 12:31), North Korean rallies are accompanied by music by Philip Glass, and the piece benefits from the use of some selected extracts from North Korean film archives. In Part II, one gets a sense of how French tourists […]