Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief; author Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Kim Jong-un Kills the Old

newyorker.com — North Korea, under its thirtysomething Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, is no country for old men. The latest casualty in Kim's ongoing purge of the senior military command was the defense minister, Hyon Yong-chol, who reportedly committed the classic old man's offense of falling asleep in a meeting.

How Not to Get Kicked Out of China

newyorker.com — Last Wednesday, the Times published a front-page story about the movie and real-estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who is the richest man in Asia, worth an estimated thirty-five billion dollars.

Life in North Korea

newyorker.com — Growing up half-Korean in Canberra, Australia, the photographer Lee Grant knew little of her mother's upbringing in South Korea. "I was raised in Australia at a time when cultural assimilation was more prevalent than ethnic pride," she told me in an e-mail.

Daily Comment: The New Yorker

A North Korea Watcher Watches "The Interview"

newyorker.com — For a North Korean watcher, seeing "The Interview" is like seeing an earnest endeavor reflected back through a freak-show mirror. But, behind the silliness and the smut, the penis and butthole jokes, the filmmakers get a lot right about North Korea. In the opening scene, an angelic schoolgirl with rouged cheeks sings, "Die, America, die.

Amazing if Luddite N. Korea hacked Sony

stripes.com — North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent. For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (nicknamed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending catastrophe and obliteration.

“The Interview” as a Film-Industry Case Study

newyorker.com — The chain of events leading up to the release of "The Interview," the Sony Pictures movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as antagonists to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, itself reads like a plot point in the film.

If guilty, North Korea must have amazed even itself with Sony hack

latimes.com — North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent. For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (dubbed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending catastrophe and obliteration.

North Korea and the Kim Dynasty: Bradley K. Martin: 9780312323226: Amazon.com: Books

amazon.com — Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty [Bradley K. Martin] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

amazon.com — A particularly nasty strain of racist propaganda has enabled North Korea's dictatorship to maintain power, according to this fascinating cultural survey. An American-born, South Korea-based instructor of North Korean literature, Myers (A Reader's Manifesto) combines his cultural and linguistic fluency with sharp analysis to throw light on one of the world's most closed-off cultures.
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Is Delhi's air worse than Beijing? Another contest between India and China. Holding Your Breath in India nyti.ms/1FRFaJ2

May 28, 2015

Bride and prejudice: rare ethnic marriages reflect China tensions yhoo.it/1AwohTY

May 25, 2015

The latest ISIS hostages-- a North Korean couple who had been working in Libya. bit.ly/1AtyRea

May 25, 2015

Great piece about the destruction of New York. Why Are There So Many Shuttered Storefronts in the West Village? nyr.kr/1epTSN5

May 17, 2015

RT @idannyb: DPRK "statement did not mention if rumored execution of Hyon Yong Chol, minister of People's AF, was true or not." twitter.com/XHNews/status/…

May 16, 2015

Allegations of S. Korean atrocities arising 40 years after Vietnam War bit.ly/1d8P7qU

May 15, 2015

RT @niemanstory: What @eosnos regrets about his @NewYorker profile of Richard M. Daley and more in our first live annotation. Video: goo.gl/bOvtHf

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