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
History education: 140+ photos of Korea before the war http://history.huanqiu.com/photo/2010-04/778072_2.html
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 http://www.360doc.com/content/06/0313/16/327_79191.shtml
Some Chinese are paying attention to how their forces are being portrayed in new South Korean war films http://www.cqzg.cn/viewthread-807779.html
KCNA on looting during fall 1950 US occupation of North Korea http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2010/201007/news28/20100728-10ee.html
Yet again, NK calls for an armistice. Hard to believe in the context. http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2010/201007/news28/20100728-04ee.html
North Korea stirs thoughts of Maoist legacy, long worshipful quotes from Deng Xiaoping (in Chinese) http://bit.ly/btPrxd
Huanqiu recalls the great Korean War films of the 1960s and 70s (in Chinese) http://history.huanqiu.com/china/2010-07/965492.html
Just another day of reminding Chinese people that North Korea needed help in the 1950s (in Chinese) http://history.huanqiu.com/photo/2010-06/872533.html
Photos of Liu’s visit to Mao Anying’s gravesite in North Korea, 2006 http://www.china.com.cn/news/txt/2006-05/22/content_6215728.htm
刘思齐, Mao Anying’s widow, describes his gravesite in North Pyong’an, near Kuandian http://culture.people.com.cn/GB/40479/40480/4517337.html
Rather interesting BBS debate on presence of Maoism in PLA & NK today http://www.huanqiu.com/content_comment.php?tid=965492&mid=1&cid=841
General North Korea
Sheila Melvin’s essential article on Chinese reception of North Korean opera http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/arts/29iht-sea.html?_r=1
DPRK, Kim Jong Eun losing face by running short of concrete in Pyongyang. China not helping, driving up price. http://tinyurl.com/2v2xrg4
BBC segment on North Korea flooding, crops and infrastructure destroyed excerpts from state TV http://bit.ly/bc4kGP
BBC interviews @BarbaraDemick http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8782000/8782849.stm
A worthwhile read re: visit to Kim Il Song’s tomb http://chovanec.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/a-visit-to-north-korea-part-1/
Joshua Stanton on “Why there is a Cold War in Asia” http://tinyurl.com/2wy4cyu
Isn’t this the definition of a poor state? NK trying to pay back Cold War-era debts to Czech IN GINSENG http://tinyurl.com/354dyz6
Sino-Korean Borderland News
On the cross-border trading habits and difficulties of merchants in Hyesan, NK http://tinyurl.com/297q6ny
“Once-proud Dongbei became the Chinese version of Flint, Michigan: a Rust Belt of decay…with no future.” http://tinyurl.com/257rbtp
DailyNK item re: prostitution is much more comprehensive in Chinese than English http://tinyurl.com/3xllzc7 Currency reforms to blame again.
North Hamgyong gov in a major effort to check Chinese computers http://tinyurl.com/3xjxur3 (English) http://tinyurl.com/2w64dbe (Chinese)
NK nervous about leasing ports? News items always about worshipful foreigners in Chongjin. http://tinyurl.com/2fxac92
Fatal mudslides in Kuandian宽甸县/Dandong, meaning: DPRK North Pyong’an also inundated. http://china.huanqiu.com/roll/2010-07/962823.html
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) http://tinyurl.com/27uctvr
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!
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.
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.