Last week I had the plea­sure of answer­ing a short Q&A for Eliz­a­beth Shim about North Kore­an chil­dren’s cul­ture in the Kim Jong Un era, along­side Mar­tin Petersen from the Nation­al Muse­um of Den­mark. As usu­al, my enthu­si­asm ran over …

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This week I had the hon­our of meet­ing over 500 Year 7 and Year 8 stu­dents at Oakhill Col­lege in Cas­tle Hill at the invi­ta­tion of librar­i­an Lynn Revai. The theme of the Oakhill Book Week for 2019 was “Ban­quet …

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Aus­tralian Children’s Lau­re­ate Mor­ris Gleitz­man recent­ly told a packed audi­ence in Syd­ney that every­where he trav­els in Aus­tralia he hears young peo­ple express bewil­der­ment that adults keep elect­ing to high office men and women whose behav­iour, should they – the …

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Over at Sino-NK, you can now find the con­clud­ing install­ment of my two-part series, explor­ing the child­hood hagiogra­phies of the North Kore­an lead­ers. Last time, I con­sid­ered the ear­ly life of Kim Jong Il, the “heav­en-sent” boy des­tined to become …

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‘Through lit­er­a­ture, art, song and rit­u­al, North Korea metic­u­lous­ly embeds the child­hoods of its lead­ers in the nation­al con­scious­ness. Imi­tat­ing the medieval lives of saints, and apoc­ryphal infan­cy nar­ra­tives of Christ, the lives of the Great and Dear Leaders–known respec­tive­ly …

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In 2013 I Co-Direc­t­ed Panop­tic Per­spec­tives: Voic­es in Exile with Pro­fes­sor Kyung­mook Kim, Dr Markus Bell, Dr Sohoon Lee, & Vanes­sa Danielsen at ANU, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, and Syd­ney Cheil Church (Con­cord). The fes­ti­val explored North Kore­an pro­pa­gan­da, arts, …

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