April 14, 2024

How happy are North Koreans? Specialists talk culture

Regime watchers talk public approval levels, the problems with encouraging defections

North Koreans have undergone a substantial shift on the home front in recent years: a new leader, a stabilizing economy and increasing knowledge of the outside world.

In part nine of the NK News specialist opinion survey series, the specialists discuss these recent cultural changes , how content average North Koreans are with the status quo, and the act of defection as a means to promote change.

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