North Korea’s Missing Dead

Dr. Sarah A. Son and Dr. Markus Bell First published in The Diplomat In North Korea, the remains of the executed are not returned to families, leaving no chance for post-death rituals. North Koreans stand together for a portrait next to family member’s grave at a cemetery as they observe Chuseok, the traditional Korean harvest…

Living with a nuclear North Korea: how to move beyond the impasse

      By Markus Bell and Geoffrey Fattig First published in NKnews Demanding complete denuclearization has long been a diplomatic dead-end Three months after the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested the waters of acquiescence by conducting two rounds of missile tests. In the past, a new…

What are Korean Totem Poles?

Written by Jinsik Kim Translated by Corliss Luong (4th Year Korean Studies Student) In the pre-modern era when scientific development was limited, Shamanism governed Korean society. Modern science reveals that past methods were not necessarily unscientific, as they had their own benefits. However, it’s clear that the knowledge and awareness of pre-modern people were very…

Exploring the diversity of urban Japan through film

Written by Dr Jamie Coates Japan is not usually seen as a place with a high number of migrants, yet new non-Japanese communities are emerging in urban centres, with some areas of Tokyo showing levels of diversity like those found in so-called immigration countries such as the UK and the USA. My recent research film…

A successful BAJS Conference in Sheffield

The School of East Asian Studies welcomed over 200 Japanese culture, politics, economics, business and society experts to Sheffield earlier this month for the triannual British Association for Japanese Studies Conference (BAJS 2018). Titled ‘Crisis, what Crisis? Continuity and Change in Japan’, BAJS 2018 brought scholars from across the globe together for 3 days to…

A review of “Diplomacy for Korean Neutrality and Buffer Zones: Modern History & Implications”, a SEAS public seminar by Dr. Seung-Young Kim

By Hyeonjun Kim, PhD student, School of East Asian Studies As tension from North Korea’s missile crisis and anxiety among its neighbouring countries emerge, questions on the regional situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula are gaining global attention. The lecture of Dr. Seung-young Kim, held on the 12th of October in the Arts Tower, gave us a chance…