Category: International Relations

Communism and Faith in North Korea

On the 18th of June 2017, I was invited to speak at the St. James’ Institute in Sydney, alongside the Hon. Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. The St. James’ Institute

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Thae Yong-ho & the Politics of Speech

NOTE: My colleagues at Sino-NK kindly invited me to revise and expand this blog post for publication at their site. The revised post may be found here. In 2016, North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho defected from the DPRK Embassy in

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Book Review: Sandra Fahy’s Marching Through Suffering: Loss & Survival in North Korea

Writing in the The New York Times, former North Korean counter-intelligence officer and poet Jang Jin-sung observed that his decision to flee the DPRK was precipitated by a realization “that there are two North Koreas: one real and the other a

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North Korean Children’s Culture: Essays

Christopher Richardson, “Still Quite Fun to Read: An Introduction to North Korean Children’s Literature,” International Review of Korean Studies 10, no. 1 (2013): 117-136. Christopher Richardson, “Be Prepared! Reflections On The North Korean Children’s Union,” Sino-NK, 13 June 2013.  

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North Korean Children’s Culture in the Media

Articles: “North Korea’s Kim Dynasty: The Making of a Personality Cult,” Christopher Richardson, The Guardian, 16 February 2015. Interviews: “What does a children’s story by Kim Jong-il tell us about North Korea?” Interview with Dan Damon, BBC World Service, World Update,

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Northern Korea: Other Writings

Writing: Christopher Richardson, “Book Review: The Real North Korea: Life & Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia,” Australian Journal of International Affairs 68, no. 3 (2014): 377-378. Christopher Richardson, “Reflections on Yodok Stories,” Asia Rights: Journal of Human Rights, Media

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