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North Korea: Northeast Asia’s New Tourism Hub?

North Korea: Northeast Asia’s New Tourism Hub?

At first glance, last week’s wrestling exhibition in Pyongyang seems to have been a one-off event similar to others with which North Korea has used in the past to try to shift attention away from its nuclear program. As such, it could be dismissed as little more than a dose of regime propaganda. However, this interpretation seems inaccurate. [...]

The Mysterious Case of Merrill Newman: The Perils and Pitfalls of Traveling to the DPRK

The Mysterious Case of Merrill Newman: The Perils and Pitfalls of Traveling to the DPRK

The arrest of Merrill Newman on October 26 has been a great shock. It is tough enough to hear that the North Korean authorities took an 85-year-old into custody. But to make things even worse, they did it in a dramatic way—by escorting him off an airplane just about to leave Sunan airport for Beijing, which, on an ironic side note, suddenly [...]

Are the Arirang Mass Games Preparing People for A Chinese Path?

Are the Arirang Mass Games Preparing People for A Chinese Path?

August 1, 2012, marked the premier of North Korea’s Arirang Mass Games. It is the country’s main tourist draw and a key event for inspiring support and fidelity to the government’s worldview. This is the tenth and final year of the festival, which will close with “The China Chapter” for a fifth time. The China Chapter is a curious [...]

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