February 20, 2020

Why, in North Korea, even birth records can’t be taken at face value
DPRK history is full of powerful men manipulating the past ⁠— researchers must tread carefully
The curse of the North Korea studies researcher is the need to rely on official sources. Getting access to inner-track records is very difficult as the country is so closed off, therefore the research community is forced to start looking for bits of truth in the official propaganda.No sane person would take 100% of what North Korea asserts at face value, especially since their discourse