North Korea and Border Crossings in Northeast Asia

On 17 February, I will be lecturing at the Irish Institute for Korean Studies at University College Cork, a dynamic university in the revolutionary heartland of the Republic of Ireland. The title of the lecture is ‘North Korea and Border Crossings in Northeast Asia.’ The lecture series is sponsored by the One Asia Foundation, and includes a number of notables in the field, including James Lewis … Continue reading North Korea and Border Crossings in Northeast Asia

Contested Era, Blossoming Memory: Reconsidering the Early 1950s in the Present PRC

In walking around Chinese book markets, perusing Chinese newspapers, talking to Chinese scholars and intellectuals, and just plain thinking here in the PRC, the remarkable fact emerges of the enormous gap between what is printed and discussed here and how we talk about it back in the West. In other words, there are some thorny themes being worked out here in the PRC that seem … Continue reading Contested Era, Blossoming Memory: Reconsidering the Early 1950s in the Present PRC

Koreanist Schisms: Myers, Cumings, Hitchens(?)

Now that even Christopher Hitchens is writing about the new North Korea book by Brian Myers, people are paying attention.  For once, at least, new arguments are being presented in a monograph about North Korea.  (Would anyone seriously argue that the world needs another travel memoir about a visit to Pyongyang?)  Myers extends upon his idea of North Korea as a state constructed out of … Continue reading Koreanist Schisms: Myers, Cumings, Hitchens(?)

Advance! : Sino-Korean Research in the Publication Pipeline

Seattle is full of goodness on this misty, sunny, drizzling, French press in the morning weekend.  Eastern mountains blaze with snow and light, Japanese-Americans send out slabs of sushi in Bellevue (Seattle’s Orange-County-with-rain banlieue), pages get scribbled in a windowsills on Fremont‘s young and proletarian streets, Taiwanese dole out sticky rice to a multinational gaggle on University Avenue, and funky Chinese jukebox joints thrum with … Continue reading Advance! : Sino-Korean Research in the Publication Pipeline