North Korean Review, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 2008)

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About the Book

North Korean Review is the first academic journal in North America or Europe to focus exclusively on North Korea. The purpose of NKR is to provide readers with an improved understanding of the country’s complexities and the threat it presents to global stability.
International and interdisciplinary, NKR is a refereed journal published twice a year. Topics include culture, history, economics, business, religion, politics and international relations, among others.
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About the Author(s)

Suk Hi Kim, a professor of international finance, is the coordinator of finance and international business at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is the editor of North Korean Review and the founding editor of Multinational Business Review. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan. Send editorial correspondence to Suk Kim, College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit MI 48221, tel (313) 993-1264, fax (313) 993-1673, (Other correspondence to McFarland.)

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Suk Kim
Format: softcover (7 x 10), back issue
Pages: 120
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2008
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

EDITOR’S COMMENTS (Suk Kim)      3


Why Has North Korea Responded Positively to the Nuclear Talks in 2007? (Semoon Chang)      6

Current North Korean Economy: Overview and Prospects for Change (Youn-Suk Kim)      16

North Korea’s Shady Transnational Business Activities and Their Future Prospects (Tai-Wei Lim)      31

Changes in the North Korean Economy Reported by North Korean Refugees (Young-Hoon Lee)      49

Stalinism, Post-Stalinism, and Neo-Capitalism: To Be or Not to Be? (Alzo David-West)      58

North Korea’s Clash of Cultures (Ralph C. Hassig and Kongdan Oh)      68

Beyond Brinkmanship: Geographical Constraints and North Korea’s Evolving Tactics (Rodger Baker)      83

Song of Youth: North Korean Music from Liberation to War (Adam Cathcart)      93


North Korean Newsbriefs (Alzo David-West)      105

Book Reviews (Bernhard Seliger)      116

Call for Papers and Style Guide      119

North Korean Review is supported in part by a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2008-P-01).

Book Reviews & Awards

“Has played a defining role in the field of North Korean studies…recommend[ed] that most academic and public libraries subscribe in order to provide relevant information about Northeast Asian peace and economic prosperity.”—Library Journal.