Book review: “Long Road Home”

The number of defectors from North Korea increased significantly in the past decade. In South Korea in 2017 about 29,000 North Korean refugees are said to have settled, and many more are thought to be hiding in the border region between China and North Korea. Their stories are most valuable for understanding the totalitarian regime in the North and publicizing unthinkable human rights abuses in the infamous gulags in which about 200,000–300,000 prisoners are believed to be forced to work under inhumane conditions. This book tells us the story of Kim Yong, a former military official who escaped abroad.

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Book review: “North Korean Defectors in a New and Competitive Society”

The number of defectors from North Korea increased significantly in the past decade. In South Korea as of 2017 about 29,000 North Korean refugees are said to have settled down, and many more are thought to be hiding in the border region between China and North Korea. Their stories are most valuable for understanding the totalitarian regime in the North and publicizing unthinkable human rights abuses in the infamous gulags in which about 200,000-300,000 prisoners are believed to be forced to work under inhumane conditions. The book is only dedicated to a minor extent to the stories of these defectors. The publication is much more focused on what is happening when defectors settle in South Korea or other countries. The author is Lee Ahlam, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development at Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Book review: “Unveiling the North Korean economy”

The author is Kim Byung-yeon, a professor of economics at the Department of Economics at Seoul National University. He’s a recognized distinguished researcher in Humanities and social sciences by the National Research Foundation of the Republic of Korea. He’s a regular columnist o Korean issues in leading South Korean newspapers.

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Book review: “Korean Diaspora in Postwar Japan – Geopolitics, Identity and Nation-Building”

Around one million Koreans are permanent residents or citizens of Japan. Mainly distributed in the major industrial and economic centres of the country, the largest number of Koreans live in Osaka, followed by Tokyo and Hyogo prefectures. Like their counterparts in North and South Korea, most Koreans in Japan speak Korean, although younger Koreans who are second or third generation increasingly speak only Japanese.

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Book review: “North Korea’s Cities”

When communism took power in North Korea, it remade cities in its own image, transforming everyday life and creating a new model of cities. Investigating the mechanism of urbanization in an authoritarian regime. That was the mission of the author of this monograph fully dedicated to North Korean cities. These entities expand rapidly after the introduction of a market inspired economy since the mid-2000s and liberalization of land management since 2010.

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Book review: “Europe – North Korea. Between Humanitarianism And Business?”

The book Europe-North Korea. Between Humanitarianism and Business?, edited by Myung-Kyu Park, Bernhard Seliger and Sung Jo Park and published by Lit Verlag, was published in 2010. It is a series of articles by exceptional scholars concerning the current situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and its relations with the European Union.

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