The 2009 edition of the
Korea yearbook contains concise overview articles covering domestic developments and the economy in both South and North Korea as well as inter-Korean relations and foreign relations of the two Koreas in 2008. A detailed chronology complements these articles. South Korea-related refereed articles in the 2009 edition deal with the internal politics of the Democratic Labour Party, the origins of the nuclear industry, industrial relations in the metals sector, Cheju island as a medical tourism hub, President Lee Myung-bak as seen through political cartoons, the comfort women movement's regionalisation process and perceptions of North Korean women. Additional refereed articles analyse the reliability of North Korean survey data, the migration experience of North Korean refugees, and sports-related cooperation between the two Koreas.
Rüdiger Frank, Ph.D. (2001) in Economics, University of Duisburg, is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. He has published on North and South Korean political economy. His current research is on North Korea's development and its East Asian context.
James E. Hoare, Ph.D. (1971) in Far Eastern History, University of London, was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 2003. He is a writer and broadcaster on East Asia as well as a Research Associate at both the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Patrick Köllner, Ph.D. (1998), Humboldt University of Berlin and Habilitation (2005), University of Trier in Political Science is currently Acting Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. From 1996 to 2006 he edited the German-language edition of the Korea Yearbook.
Susan Pares, was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1965 to 1987. She is a writer and editor on East Asian affairs.
Chronology of Events in the Korean Peninsula 2008
South Korea in 2008: Domestic Developments and the Economy - Patrick Köllner
North Korea in 2008: Domestic Developments and Economy - Rüdiger Frank
Relations Between the Two Koreas in 2008 - Sabine Burghart and James E. Hoare
Foreign Relations of the Two Koreas in 2008 - James E. Hoare
The South Korean Left’s ‘Northern Question’ - Joonbum Bae
‘Atoms for Sale’: From ‘Atoms for Peace’ (South Korea) to
‘Weaponized’ Plutonium (North Korea), 1955-2009 - John P. DiMoia
Dynamics of Korean Industrial Relations: Challenges for Foreign Invested Companies in the Metal Sector - Peter Kloepping
Cheju Island as a Medical Tourism Hub in Northeast Asia - Jürgen Mühl
Scapegoat, Beggar and President for the Economy: The Image of Lee Myung-bak as Seen through Political Cartoons
in Chosun Ilbo and Hankyoreh - Katharina Polley
The Korean Comfort Women Movement and the Formation of a Public Sphere in East Asia - Thomas Kern and Sang-hui Nam
The Social Construction of North Korean Women’s Identity in South Korea: Romanticisation, Victimisation and Vilification - Mikyoung Kim
Statistical Explorations in Terra Incognita: How Reliable are North Korean Survey Data? - Daniel Schwekendiek
Migration Experiences of North Korean Refugees: Survey Evidence from China - Yoonok Chang, Stephan Haggard, and Marcus Noland
Playing the Game? Sport and the Two Koreas - Brian Bridges
All those interested in contemporary Korea, including academics and students in Korean studies, Asian studies, and the social sciences, but also business people, diplomats and other officials, and NGO representatives.