Tropes of Victimization in North Korean Textbooks of the Late 1950s

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. Relevant manuscripts: Adam Cathcart and Charles Kraus, “The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence of Sino-North Korean Exchanges, 1950-1954,” … Continue reading Tropes of Victimization in North Korean Textbooks of the Late 1950s

Nazi Propaganda, East Asian Dictators, and Glenn Beck

Today I spent some time leafing through a solemn black notebook filled with sketches made primarily in the stacks at the University of Washington Suzzalo Library, reminding myself that not all good research is immediately digitized. Sometimes it takes a few months before a certain concept can swim down to the bottom of one’s consciousness and take root.After all, in the intervening time between the … Continue reading Nazi Propaganda, East Asian Dictators, and Glenn Beck

Kim Il Song’s _Works_ and Anti-Chinese Sentiment in the DPRK

Kim Il Song’s Works form part of the backbone of any serious student’s reading about North Korea.  Although this lengthy, often pedestrian, heavily edited, and occasionally fabricated collection runs to 40 volumes, there are still far too many gold nuggets in this slag mine to ignore.   In this short essay I want to root around in the Works briefly to excavate the foundations of a potential resurgence of anti-Chinese sentiment … Continue reading Kim Il Song’s _Works_ and Anti-Chinese Sentiment in the DPRK

Brian Myers / Montana as North Korea

Brian Myers is one of the more cogent public commentators on things North Korean. His equation of the race theories of the DPRK with those of Hirohito’s Japan is particularly damning, and his trashing of the juche ideology as basic nonsense that no North Koreans believe (and that therefore neither should we) are all grounded in years of research, time in the field (in this … Continue reading Brian Myers / Montana as North Korea