April 09, 2020

Comrades at work: dream jobs in North Korea
In the DPRK, it sometimes pays to be the driver instead of the doctor
“Back in North Korea, he was doing extremely well. He was a driver!” This is a remark I once heard from a North Korean defector. Indeed, it’s common knowledge in the DPRK that being a driver is a dream job.In contrast, one should not expect a similar outburst of admiration when it is mentioned that somebody was a doctor in North Korea. Indeed, doctors, objects of near-universal respect