The British Voice of Kim Il Sung

April 17th, 2012
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When walking around Kim Il Sung’s mausoleum at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, visitors are given special headsets to listen to a recorded guide of the facility. In a sometimes emotionally charged recording, the narrator talks the visitor through the multi-room Palace and describes what the visitors are seeing as they walk. But, to the surprise

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Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.

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  • Bradley Greenwood

    It seems like he “swallowed” a lot of propaganda without knowing it. The sites he listed are all reputable and accurate sources of DPRK news/information.

  • Bradley Greenwood

    It seems like he “swallowed” a lot of propaganda without knowing it. The sites he listed are all reputable and accurate sources of DPRK news/information.

  • http://twitter.com/nknewsorg NK NEWS

    For the record, NK News does not ascribe to Mr. White’s opinion that NK Econwatch, NK Leadership Watch, NK Tech and other related websites form part of any “counter propaganda blitz”.  

    • Mike Munk

      But the shoe fits perfectly!

  • http://twitter.com/nknewsorg NK News

    For the record, NK News does not ascribe to Mr. White’s opinion that NK Econwatch, NK Leadership Watch, NK Tech and other related websites form part of any “counter propaganda blitz”.  

    • Mike Munk

      But the shoe fits perfectly!

  • http://psjournal.tumblr.com/ P’yongan Society Journal

    Fascinating stuff. I always wondered who did the narration in the “Hall of Lamentations”. 

  • http://psjournal.tumblr.com/ P’yongan Society Journal

    Fascinating stuff. I always wondered who did the narration in the “Hall of Lamentations”. 

  • Joy gebhard

    Sensible, objective and sane. thanks. 

  • Joy gebhard

    Sensible, objective and sane. thanks. 

  • Afostercarter

    Fascinating, on many levels.

    Re Q10: As someone who long ago helped FLPH recruit polishers, it baffled me why they brought people with no Korean background to live for long periods in the challenging milieu of Pyongyang. Far more sensible to do what they do now, and take the work out to experienced people like Paul who are close at hand in Beijing.

    Re Q11: At least two polishers wrote fascinating memoirs about their experience. Besides Michael Harrold, there’s also Andrew Holloway, whose account is available online and now as a book:

    http://aidanfc.net/a_year_in_pyongyang_1.html 
    http://aidanfc.net/pyongyang.html (my intro)

    http://www.lulu.com/shop/andrew-holloway/a-year-in-pyongyang/paperback/product-14737249.html 

  • Afostercarter

    Fascinating, on many levels.

    Re Q10: As someone who long ago helped FLPH recruit polishers, it baffled me why they brought people with no Korean background to live for long periods in the challenging milieu of Pyongyang. Far more sensible to do what they do now, and take the work out to experienced people like Paul who are close at hand in Beijing.

    Re Q11: At least two polishers wrote fascinating memoirs about their experience. Besides Michael Harrold, there’s also Andrew Holloway, whose account is available online and now as a book:

    http://aidanfc.net/a_year_in_pyongyang_1.html 
    http://aidanfc.net/pyongyang.html (my intro)

    http://www.lulu.com/shop/andrew-holloway/a-year-in-pyongyang/paperback/product-14737249.html 

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  • http://twitter.com/stakhanovite Gerard Clare

    So which ‘British’ accent would that be then? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/stakhanovite Gerard Clare

    So which ‘British’ accent would that be then? ;)

  • Chad Sudan

     The key question – left unposed:

    Does Paul White feel any qualms about assisting the North Koreans with *their* side of the “propaganda Cold War”?

  • Chad Sudan

     The key question – left unposed:

    Does Paul White feel any qualms about assisting the North Koreans with *their* side of the “propaganda Cold War”?

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