The Ties that Bind: Persistent Cognitive Frames in the Face of Increased Civilian Mobility in North Korea


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Economics Seminar by Annette Kim, Associate Professor, International Development, M.I.T.; POSCO Visiting Fellow, EWC

When: Jan 27 2011 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor), Noon-1:00 p.m.

Dr. Kim presents initial findings of research about how ordinary North Koreans have been coping with the country’s economic stagnation with increased intra-country mobility, officially sanctioned visits to China, and small-scale entrepreneurship. The findings call into question several of the discourses framed in the popular press about North Korea. These include the regular population flow out of and back into North Korea, the continued strong identity attachment and legitimacy of the state amongst some civilians, and the economic role of ethnic Chinese who have been residing in the DPRK for generations.

DR. KIM is Associate Professor of International Development at M.I.T.’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She researches the institutional change process of transition countries in Eastern Europe and Asia.  Her publications include Learning to be Capitalists: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008).  Dr. Kim has served as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, the World Bank, African and Asian governments, as well as community-based NGOs.  She received her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of California Berkeley.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Joyce Gruhn
Phone: 808-944-7575