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


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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-31
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number109
Early online date21 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

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


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