May 19, 2024

Coming of age in North Korea

Second in a two-part series on the life cycle of a North Korean, from school to sepulcher

This is the second in a two-part series. Part one can be read here. A version of this originally appeared, in Russian, here.

The main task in life for an adult North Korean is joining the party. The party’s name is usually translated as the “Workers’ Party of Korea,” but a more accurate translation would be “Korean Labor Party.” However, the irony is that people join it to not become a worker – and if one is fortunate, to avoid physical labor entirely.

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