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KatW Competition (Update)

This month, instead of releasing a podcast episode, we invite our listeners to participate in a unique kind of essay competition done in cooperation with the debate platform Kialo. The topic? The relations between North Korea and its neighbors as well as the United States. The best essays will split USD 1400 prize money.

Dong-Won Kim

Science Fiction, and most prominently movie franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek, is not particularly popular in South Korea. In contrast to that, North Korea has a rich tradition of Science Fiction. We spoke to Professor Dong-Won Kim about the history, reception and characteristics of Science Fiction in the two Korean states.

Kyung Moon Hwang

When did Korea modernize? For many, the answer lies in the colonial era. Professor Kyung Moon Hwang is critical of this view and offers an alternative. He argues that Korea’s modernization is not just a result of Japanese influence, but that it already started in the 19th century and the Joseon dynasty. To learn more, we spoke to him about this process.

Robert S. Ross

China’s foreign policy has become more assertive in recent years, stoked worries in its neighbors and is increasingly seen as a challenge towards America’s presence in the region. We spoke to Professor Robert S. Ross about the driving forces behind China’s behavior, how America should and does respond, and what this means for the two Korean states.