January 20, 2020

The flaws and biases in North Korean studies
Regional overrepresentation, the language barrier and ignorance of sources holds back field
Each field of human activity has its systemic biases, and North Korean studies are no exception. In this article I try to outline that biases that I encounter and which seem quite pervasive. Readers, however, should bear in mind that this is a subjective piece – I also have my own biases, after all.FLAW #1: ‘SPECIALISTS’ WHO DON’T SPEAK KOREANIn certain areas of North Korean