February 21, 2024

Being African in the Pure-blooded, Juche Republic

In North Korea, Juche might have been acceptable in the 1980s, but being a bright African student wasn't

Artwork by NK NEWS illustrator Cammy Smithwick

In part two of our special three-part series featuring Aliou Niane, a Guinean who studied at Wonsan agricultural college in North Korea from 1982-1987, we take a look at the institutionalized racism of the North Korean state and the ways in which this ethnocentrism-cum-racism affected the lives of African foreign students studying in North Korea in the 1980s.