Sources on the Overseas Chinese in North Korea, 1945-1950

Several years ago I was engaged in research on the overseas Chinese in North Korea between the wars (1945-1950). The end result of this was an article, which you can download for free here:

Charles Kraus, “Bridging East Asia’s Revolutions: The Overseas Chinese in North Korea, 1945-1950,” The Journal of Northeast Asian History 11, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 39-70.

During the course of my research, I found a number of surviving records probably produced in full or in part by the Overseas Chinese Federation (华侨联合会 Huaqiao lianhe hui) in the “captured North Korean documents” housed at the National Archives in College Park, MD. The documents, written in Chinese, provided some fascinating glimpses of the North Korean revolution at the grassroots and the deep but complicated nature of Korean-Chinese relations at this juncture.

Since the article was finished several years ago, I see no point in hoarding the documents. They are now accessible via the Wilson Center’s Digital Archive. Hope they come in handy for others engaged in research on Sino-Korean relations. Links below:

All documents originally obtained from Records Seized by United States Military Forces in Korea, National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, 1941-, Record Group (RG) 242, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.


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