Obedient, Intransigent North Korea in the Chinese Media

Thanks to the ever-productive Joshua Stanton at the very useful but hopelessly Anglophone (and somewhat impervious) command post for North Korean counter-revolution known as One Free Korea, I got motivated to do some more analysis of Chinese sources touching upon the recent flare-up in the sea to the west (and north!) of the DMZ in Korea. As I see it, Chinese media strategy as regards … Continue reading Obedient, Intransigent North Korea in the Chinese Media

North Korea’s World Cup: German-Language Resources

German views of Korea are always worth a listen, and will be for the foreseeable future.  After all, Germany knows all about national division and dealing with communist legacies, and a thing or two about Marxism and dictatorship as well.  And, for a country with less than one-third the population of the United States, Germany has got a press to die for.  That is, the … Continue reading North Korea’s World Cup: German-Language Resources

Remembering Tiananmen and 1989 in Europe [1]

June 4, 1989 may lay buried under new epochs already, but the meaning of that date for China and its observers is clearly going to continue reverberate for decades. The Germans, perhaps most of all.  China was, and remains, highly sensitive to commemorations of June 4, 1989, but for Germans, the inspiration of the Chinese student movement of the 1980s, and the violent end to … Continue reading Remembering Tiananmen and 1989 in Europe [1]

East Asia and the Eco-polis

In the following article [“Road Toward the Ecopolis: In Architecture, Art and Design, Environmental Knowledge [Bewusstsein] Will Take On New Aesthetic Worth”], which I translate here, author Eva Karcher describes a road to a new ecological aesthetics, its impact on modern designers, and the inevitability of new eco-features of future cities. [On a side note, the article appeared in this weekend’s edition of the Suddeutscher … Continue reading East Asia and the Eco-polis