Kim Jong Il in China: PRC Media Tropes

If there’s one thing we know about North Korea, it is that the DPRK is intensely mindful of how it is portrayed in foreign media.  Scrutinizing its own international image is something that the North Korean regime does not simply to hunt for materials with which to bludgeon the United States, Japan, and South Korea, but also to keep its nominal “friends” from becoming unrestrained … Continue reading Kim Jong Il in China: PRC Media Tropes

Getting from Harbin to Mudanjiang

With the following type of writing, a question exists as to how much description is necessary, of the choice of theme, or the illustrative capacity of any given action.  What makes for invigorating “travel writing,” and what makes for mundane work in the same genre?  Or is it the place of academics to be constantly contextualizing everything, which is to say, “overreading” every gesture, encounter, … Continue reading Getting from Harbin to Mudanjiang