Just a few scans from a single Korean source I picked up last year in Yanbian, published in Pyongyang in 1959, the year after the Chinese People’s Volunteers left North Korea and filed back into the maelstrom of Great Leap Forward-afflicted China through Dandong, Ji’an, and Tumen.
Adam Cathcart and Charles Kraus, “The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence of Sino-North Korean Exchanges, 1950-1954,” revised resubmission to Journal of Cold War Studies. (E.g., unpublished manuscript in the pipeline, based upon Zhou Enlai’s newly published papers and archival research in the PRC Foreign Ministry Archives, Beijing).
Adam Cathcart and Elizabeth Campbell, “’Every Action for Korea Aids Our German National Struggle’: East German Local Mobilization in Support of North Korea in War and Reconstruction, 1950-1962,” unpublished manuscript based upon East German archival sources. (E.g., it’s in that exciting forge of post-archival creation category that is known as “in preparation” ).
Note on language: 愤慨fen4 kai3 is the word the North Korean artists/editors used to describe, in the cover illustration, their feelings toward the U.S. it roughly translates to “indignation” or “resentment.” Either way, it’s quite a loaded concept that we can safely assume is still around and would need to be unpacked a bit. Or we could just lecture the North Koreans instead.
What’s interesting is how every country’s propaganda is no more ridiculous than the other. If you think about Spike Lee’s Army ads or even the “Keep America Shopping” campaign by Bush Jr Post 9-11, it’s all very telling of governments that prefer blissful ignorance and blind nationalism over historical fact. Still, I have to say, I did thoroughly enjoy the caricature of Americans in your book.
What a great find, though. I hope you frame it!
Frame it — or have some “imperialist American” stuffed dolls commissioned!
Learned a new word via the red Yanji Library stamp:
藏书 [cángshū]: verb : to collect books; noun : book collection.
Since you mentioned our own manuscript and the MOFA, reminded of some statistics I recently read in Xia Yafeng, “The Study of Cold War International History in China: A Review of the Last Twenty Years,” Journal of Cold War Studies 10, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 81-115.
– As of 2007, there were 41,962 records available in the MFA Archive. (91)
– Only 30% of files from 1949-55 have been declassified, where as the number is closer to 60% for the period 1956-1960. (91n)
– The MFA Archive has already published a few volumes of documents, and are working on others. Jiemi waijiao wenxian: Zhonghua renmin gongheguo jianjiao dang’an, 1949-1955 was published in 2006. They are currently working on a multi-volume series called Zhonghua renmin gongheguo waijiao dang’an xuanbian. Each edition will focus on a specific historical event. They have already published volumes on the Geneva Conference and the Bandung conference. (92) Where is the Korean War edition?!