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Reading the tea leaves of North Korean culture – NKNews Podcast Ep.47
Reading the tea leaves of North Korean culture – NKNews Podcast Ep.47
Tatiana Gabroussenko discusses what can be learned from North Korean film, literature, and TV dramas
November 26th, 2018

Month in Review

Geopolitical policy and nuclear wonks continue to try and wrap their minds around what North Korea is trying to do and how it will get there, but perhaps the most revealing medium through which to understand the Hermit Kingdom is through its literature, film, music, and TV dramas.

In this episode of the NK News Podcast, Tatiana Gabroussenko visited our Seoul studio to discuss the religious nature of North Korean literature, why true policy is never written down, and whether or not North Korea’s texts would survive a unified Korea.

Tatiana is a professor of North Korean studies at Korea University. Her book “Soldiers on the Cultural Front: Developments in the early history of North Korean literature and literary policy”, was included in the Choice magazine list of Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012, and she writes a monthly column for NK News.

If you have any questions about cultural production in North Korea, be sure to send them to us at [email protected]–we’ll collect the best ones and have Tatiana answer them in another episode.

About the podcast: The “North Korea News Podcast” is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interview with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

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Featured image: Pyeongyang Press Corps

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