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In our third review of 2015, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. DPRK Human rights and defectors Shin Dong-hyuk, the most prominent campaigner among the defector community, admitted that some of his testimony (eg, in Escape from Camp 14) […]

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Pak Chiwon’s Jehol Diary: An amiable bore abroad

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2015
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Pak Chiwon: The Jehol Diary Translated with notes by Yang Hi Choe-Wall Global Oriental 2010, 208pp The Jehol Diary is a contemporary account of one of the regular journeys from Joseon Korea to Qing China bearing tribute to the emperor. The journey described in this diary took place in 1780, and was ordered by King Jeongjo […]

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Looking back at 2014: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In our third review of 2014, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. Domestic news Kim Jong Un’s disappearance from public view in the Autumn prompted speculation ranging from a case of gout  to a “very specific kind of coup”. […]

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Looking back at 2013: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2014
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In our fourth review of 2013, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. DPRK Google chairman Eric Schmidt, together with a former governer of New Mexico, had a four day trip to North Korea in January. “I’m still spinning my […]

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Looking back at 2012: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2013
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In the third of four round-ups of things that caught our eye in 2012, we look back at some of the stories from the DPRK and Seoul’s external relations. DPRK The leadership transition proceeded smoothly, contrary to many observers’ expectations. Kim Jong-un showed that he had inherited his father’s expensive tastes, with a story that […]

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DPRK Navy dancing girls greet Chinese dignitaries

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2011
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We knew about the North Korean People's Army troupe of dancing girls, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in navy outfits, as DPRK welcomes the Chinese navy to Wonsan: http://bit.ly/pm3Mk5 #

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Korean 20th Century Art in context: a fascinating exhibtion of Chinese art at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2008

I shouldn’t really be publicising the artwork of another nation on this site, but the current exhibition of Khoan and Michael Sullivan’s collection of modern Chinese art at Asia House is well worth a visit. Chinese twentieth century art faced many of the same issues as that of Korea, both pre- and post-division: how to […]

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