March 21, 2023

Domestic strivers as anti-heroines: household chores in North Korean movies

DPRK official culture long treated women's work at home as second class

While there are many characteristics common in both Soviet and North Korean cultural discourses, there is one issue on which the two countries' values stood in total opposition: in the attitude of characters to domestic work.

In the dreams of early Communist romantics in young Soviet Russia, private households would be obliterated as remnants of a petty bourgeois mentality.