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East-West - Reflections on Demonization:
North Korea Now, China Next?

New book edited by Geir Helgesen and Rachel Harrison, NIAS Press, 2020

Join us for this online book launch featuring the editors who will elaborate on their ideas behind the book and presentations of selected chapters by the respective authors. Following the presentations, there will be time for comments and questions from the audience.

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About the book

Although the rapid spread worldwide of the coronavirus in 2020 has focused minds everywhere on the dangers of a global pandemic, other dangers facing the world have not diminished. Failure to resolve issues relating to the divided Korean peninsula is one of these. In East-West Reflections on Demonization: North Korea Now, China Next?, 18 scholars from Asia, the United States and Europe share their insights as they strive to get beyond the everyday rhetoric clouding the situation. They address the demonization issue as a multidimensional problem, exploring its different aspects from Western and Eastern perspectives. However, North Korea is not the only country in the cross-hairs of heavyweight media organizations. The intensifying great power struggle between China and the United States is being played out on television, online and in the print media of both countries and beyond. In this developing conflict the two Koreas play a minor, almost bystander role. 

The book is available for purchase at NIAS Press.


14:00-14:05     Brief opening remarks Marie Yoshida, ADI

14:05-14:20     A few words on the book by the editors:

  • Geir Helgesen, Cross-Cultural Solutions, formerly NIAS
  • Rachel Harrison, SOAS, University of London

14:20-14:55     Presentation of individual chapters:

  • Myungkoo Kang, Seoul National University
  • Gyuseog Han, Chonnam National University
  • Chunrong Liu, Fudan Centre, University of Copenhagen
  • Daniel A. Bell, Shandong University
  • James Wertsch, Washington University in St. Louis

14:55-15:00    Summing up

15:00-15:30      Comments and questions

Time: Wednesday 2 December, 2020, 14:00-15:30 (CET)
Venue: Online
Organised by ADI, NIAS, NIAS Press, Fudan Centre and SOAS, University of London.

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