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Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.
Most people never get a chance to visit North Korea, let alone see the inside of a North Korean house. But in recent weeks, state media has given a lot of airtime to images of a quaint, “socialist fairyland” housing project in Kangbuk-ri — an effort to show off the government’s flood recovery efforts after thousands of homes were destroyed this summer.
In all truth, the pastel, cookie-cutter buildings were under construction well before the country was hit with three successive typhoons, meaning that they weren’t really built to deal with this season’s devastating storms.