Sea of Blood in the City of the Red Chamber: North Korean Opera Troupe Hits Beijing

On May 2, the Sea of Blood Theater Troupe arrived in Dandong.  Aren’t they lovely? Of interest are a few Chinese netizen comments on the opera troupe, most of which are rather sweet, with occasional mild criticisms: “Of all these beautiful women, don’t you think there will be an opportunity for one to stay behind?”, or, the old adage “Northern women are best paired with … Continue reading Sea of Blood in the City of the Red Chamber: North Korean Opera Troupe Hits Beijing

North Korean “Dream of Red Chamber”: Chinese Netizens Comment / 北朝鲜领导做梦的红楼

While the Anglophone media is predictably aflutter with speculation over the meaning of Envoy Bosworth’s Pyongyang visit, Sino-North Korean diplomacy continues apace. One of the more interesting threads of late is, to my mind, the cultural turn.  North Korea is using cultural diplomacy in an effort to reinforce to the Chinese that the traditional fundament of their alliance remains strong in spite of nuclear intransigence, … Continue reading North Korean “Dream of Red Chamber”: Chinese Netizens Comment / 北朝鲜领导做梦的红楼