“Although depicted in Western sources as a moral evil and tyranny, the People’s Republic of China was in fact born in a crucible of instability, turmoil and upheaval in the country which saw a 2000 year long Imperial system decline in the face of western domination and spur a new wave of thinking about China’s … More Understanding the Origins of the People’s Republic of China and its politics, a historical assessment.
Sinophobia is a fear or prejudice of expressed towards China and its people. Similar to other varieties of racism, such as Islamophobia, Sinophobia embodies a series of beliefs and discourses that place emphasis on the apparent cultural inferiority and backwardness of “Chinese culture” to the western dynamic, which are used to argue that the “ways” … More The New Yellow Peril: Sinophobia in the 21st Century
How is the role of women portrayed and idealized in North Korea? In official discourse, the DPRK has long claimed that it is a champion of women’s rights. Although this has never been applied in practice, Pyongyang’s professed allegiance to female equality stems from a core tenant of Marxist-Leninist statecraft which has placed emphasis … More Feminism with Juche Characteristics: Gender Political Thought in North Korea
I have often mentioned on twitter that there is a problem amongst some voices on the subject of Korea that tend to portray the country’s politics and history in somewhat simplistic terms. For many U.S observers, the story of North and South Korea is heavily condensed into prevailing Cold War narratives, presenting a rudimentary fairy … More Exploring the Early U.S Discursive World of Korea (1945-1948)
Yesterday analysts observed the opening of a new bridge between China and North Korea in Jilin province, connecting the two countries. On hearing the news, it was widely assumed that the new infrastructure was a sign of China’s easing pressure upon Pyongyang and would of course, be used to facilitate trade and commerce between the … More Analysis: China is not rowing back on North Korea pressure, here’s why.
Early Saturday morning I observed a twitter exchange between several journalists and an academic on the matter of North Korea. In the midst of Britain’s Brexit turmoil, BBC journalist Laura Bicker had tweeted that a colleague had met with a North Korean economist in Pyongyang who reportedly said “so sorry about what’s happening in … More The analytical dehumanizing of the North Korean
America’s increasing resistance to China’s rise is rooted deeper than the will of the President and his trade war. Once having believed that Beijing could be socialized into the status quo international order through economic development, Washington has recalibrated its China stances to incorporate the growing belief that the country will pose a challenge, rather … More Washington’s Turn Against China
I never knew the origin of my own surname. It’s not a common surname, it stands out and it’s a question which confounded me for years. It’s trivial of course, yet always interesting to know. Sometimes people would ask me and I simply didn’t know. Why this is important? A surname reveals heritage, its an … More The Origin of the Surname “Fowdy”: A family history insight
It’s been close now to two years since that fateful day in which Britain voted to relinquish its membership of the Union and opt for a “new pathway” which its adherents claimed “would be in the world”. May I say that for as stupid as to how I may appear, I voted for that. I … More Brexit Isn’t Worth It.
I am surprised, but I am also happy. The past year has been unquestionably tense for those interested in Asian Affairs. For the first time in decades there was a seemingly serious, uncontrollable and ugly risk of a catastrophic land war on the Korean Peninsula. As North Korea pursued a defiant barrage of missile and … More The long and bumpy road to peace begins, but just who would have guessed it? (On Trump vowing to meet Kim)