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Book Review: “North Korea’s Juche Myth”

Book Review: “North Korea’s Juche Myth”

North Korea’s Juche Myth By B. R. Myers. Busan: Sthele Press, August 2015. 289 pp. Analysts often invoke North Korea’s Juche ideology of “self-reliance” to explain everything from the country’s personality cult to its military belligerence. Some portray Juche as a logical result of North Korea’s geopolitical environment, and of the [...]

How to Piss Off Engagers in 10 Easy Lessons

How to Piss Off Engagers in 10 Easy Lessons

During the past 20 years the world has gained increasingly detailed knowledge about the DPRK from a variety of sources, including refugees and defectors, academic researchers, businesspeople, government negotiators, and humanitarian aid workers. Despite this knowledge, North Koreans continue to surprise us. Which means that either we have not [...]

Have “Engagers” Really Taken Over the World? Thoughts on “Subverted Engagement”

Have “Engagers” Really Taken Over the World? Thoughts on “Subverted Engagement”

I have only met Professor B.R. Myers once, when we both took part in a conference on North Korean arts in Vienna. Though young, or at least younger than me—not difficult these days—he came across as one with strong views, trenchantly expressed, characteristics also evident in his writing. Myers is a literature specialist and argues that [...]

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