Vanguard of the Revolution: A Study of North Korean Traders at the PRC-DPRK Border


Grant Data
Project Title
Vanguard of the Revolution: A Study of North Korean Traders at the PRC-DPRK Border
Principal Investigator
Dr Teo, Victor Ee Leong   (Principal investigator)
Co-Investigator(s)
Dr Yoon Sung Won   (Co-Investigator)
Duration
36
Start Date
2015-10-01
Completion Date
2018-09-30
Amount
323275
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Keywords
North Korea, Small-Time Traders, Smuggling, Underground Economy
Discipline
Area Studies (including Japanese Studies, China Studies, European Studies)
Panel
Humanities & Social Sciences (H)
Sponsor
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
17602615
Grant Type
General Research Fund (GRF)
Funding Year
2015/2016
Status
On-going
Objectives
2) To obtain an in-depth ethnographic description of the cross-border operations of these small time North Korea traders, and gain an appreciation of the motivations and difficulties they face and the strategies they employ to overcome these difficulties. 3) To understand and establish the prevalence of market activities as well as the practices and norms of marketisation widely practiced in the home towns of these traders. 4) To understand how marketisation have changed the traders' lives at critical junctures between the mid-1990s and now, and to contextualise these changes against the backdrop of larger social and political developments during the same period. 5) To understand the role they play in advancing marketisation in the DPRK, in particular how they negotiate with the institutions of the State on the daily basis with their activities. 6) To examine how these trading activities are perceived and mediated by the North Korean regime, by the local governments of Jilin, Liaoning Provinces and by the Central government in Beijing, and how these activities affects Sino-DPRK relations. 7) To establish if the marketisation efforts on the ground undercuts the effects of external sanctions and at the same time help mitigate the harsh environment imposed by the broken down economy on a daily basis.