Title

Divergence and diversity : changing Chinese perceptions of north Korea under Kim Jong-un

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Contemporary China

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Volume

27

Issue

109

First Page

16

Last Page

31

Publisher

Routledge

Abstract

A widely-held perception is that the image of North Korea among most Chinese people has changed from that of a socialist comrade and ‘little brother’ to an idiosyncratic, trouble-making neighbor. This research questions the homogeneity of Chinese people’s viewpoints towards North Korea. Concepts of state and popular nationalism are used to examine differences and similarities between the Chinese state and its people in their perceptions and sentiments towards North Korea, mainly focusing on the period of succession from Kim Jong-il to Kim Jong-un. Examining online discussions representing Chinese popular nationalism demonstrated that Chinese netizens’ political viewpoints are diversified along the ideological spectrum of left and right and that only the ‘moderate left’ netizens hold an image of North Korea which is close to that of their political authorities.

DOI

10.1080/10670564.2017.1363013

Print ISSN

10670564

E-ISSN

14699400

Funding Information

This research has benefited from the support of Lingnan University’s Social Science Research Grant No. DS15A5. {DS15A5}

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Recommended Citation

Chan, C.-p., & Bridges, B. (2018). Divergence and diversity: Changing Chinese perceptions of north Korea under Kim Jong-un. Journal of Contemporary China, 27(109), 16-31. doi: 10.1080/10670564.2017.1363013

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