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

Borderlands in Asia and Beyond: Readings

Moving toward a text dealing with the Chinese-Korean border region, I have been catching up on my borderlands studies literature readings, some of which I aim to share in this post and update from time to time. — Adam Cathcart C. Patterson Giersch, “Why Kham? Why Borderlands? Coordinating New Research Programs for Asia,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, E-Journal No. 19 (June 2016), 202-213.  … Continue reading Borderlands in Asia and Beyond: Readings

News from North Korea / 北朝鲜新闻报告

Pyongyang’s Korea Central News Agency [KCNA] reports that the two American journalists seized along the Tumen River last March 17 will be tried on June 4. According to the North Korean penal code, their “anti-Choson activities” are supposed to net somewhere between five and ten years of imprisonment. (The creaky yet functional KCNA website, hosted in Japan, has yet to be updated with the news, … Continue reading News from North Korea / 北朝鲜新闻报告