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Talk on North Korea's Modernization and China-DPRK Relations
Date: 13 March 2017 
East Studies Division, School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU  has the pleasure of inviting you to the talk:

Talk on North Korea's Modernization and China-DPRK Relations
Dr Victor Teo
CPD-3.04, Centennial Campus, HKU
13 Mar, 2017 (Mon)
5:30 to 6:45 pm
The North Koreans have watched the Peoples Republic of China’s modernization journey with ambivalence, envy and trepidation. Elites in Pyongyang are keen to replicate some elements of the Chinese modernization strategy in service of their Revolution while at the same time keen to avoid corresponding pitfalls and shortcomings with this experiment.  This talk contextualizes China-DPRK relations against North Korea’s modernization efforts, and examines the extent the North Koreans have (and have not) drawn from the Chinese experience. The talk will then address how the DPRK regime maintains social stability and preserves power at home, and examines the strategies ordinary North Koreans employ in their daily life to cope with the vagaries of politics and exigencies of their dire circumstances.
About the Speaker
Dr Victor Teo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies, SMLC and is affiliated with the Korean Studies and China Studies Program at the Arts Faculty. He is currently on Sabbatical leave at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences where he is Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar (2016-17). At HKU, Dr Teo teaches courses on the Common Core Curriculum, on Sino-Japanese Relations and North Korea. This talk is based on his ongoing research on the DPRK funded by Hong Kong Research Council, and draws from the speaker’s numerous trips to North Korea.  In June 2017, Dr Teo will be organizing a joint Universities’ DPRK Summer Institute in North Korea.
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