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June 24, 2024

Features

Long-form reporting on timeless issues and human interest stories by NK News journalists and contributors.

A North Korean novel searches for meaning in the dramas and joys of family life

A North Korean novel searches for meaning in the dramas and joys of family life

Ri Hui Chan expounds on centrality of family in way that is striking in a country that exalts leader as father of nation

A North Korean novel searches for meaning in the dramas and joys of family life
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko April 25, 2024
The North Koreans who made their mark in South Korea’s soccer league

The North Koreans who made their mark in South Korea’s soccer league

Japan-born ethnic Koreans have won support of ROK fans despite also playing for the DPRK national team

The North Koreans who made their mark in South Korea’s soccer league
Joe Smith
Joe Smith | Shreyas Reddy April 19, 2024
How North Korea exploited the tragic Sewol ferry sinking for anti-ROK propaganda

How North Korea exploited the tragic Sewol ferry sinking for anti-ROK propaganda

State media has run thousands of articles on disaster to portray South Korea as dangerous place with incompetent leaders

How North Korea exploited the tragic Sewol ferry sinking for anti-ROK propaganda
Gabriela Bernal
Gabriela Bernal April 16, 2024
How extremist North Korean refugees inflicted terror during a massacre in South

How extremist North Korean refugees inflicted terror during a massacre in South

A group of young landowners who fled Soviet rule helped to brutally suppress alleged communists on Jeju Island

How extremist North Korean refugees inflicted terror during a massacre in South
Joon Ha Park
Joon Ha Park | Lina Park April 15, 2024
The true story behind North Korea’s bizarre basketball rules

The true story behind North Korea’s bizarre basketball rules

The DPRK briefly experimented with 8-point shots, dunk penalties and more, and there was a kind of method to the madness

The true story behind North Korea’s bizarre basketball rules
Yong Ja Hong
Yong Ja Hong April 10, 2024
Premier League pirates: How North Korean TV skirts law to air the beautiful game

Premier League pirates: How North Korean TV skirts law to air the beautiful game

KCTV regularly shows sports despite lacking rights, even blurring ads and adding fake crowd noises to conceal source

Premier League pirates: How North Korean TV skirts law to air the beautiful game
Joe Smith
Joe Smith April 8, 2024
Bodhisattva of unification: How one monk tried to bridge Koreas through Buddhism

Bodhisattva of unification: How one monk tried to bridge Koreas through Buddhism

Venerable Popta traveled to North Korea hundreds of times to work with local monks, rejecting claims they are DPRK spies

Bodhisattva of unification: How one monk tried to bridge Koreas through Buddhism
Roman Husarski
Roman Husarski April 1, 2024
North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families

North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families

New policy declaring South Korea an enemy makes reuniting aging relatives tougher, but families still hold out hope

North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families
Lina Park
Lina Park March 5, 2024
A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach

A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach

Gert Engels visited the DPRK to consider a job coaching the country’s best team, but authorities made it hard to leave

A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 28, 2024
How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea

How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea

Museum director’s quick thinking meant thousands of artifacts were saved from DPRK soldiers during the Korean War

How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea
Joon Ha Park
Joon Ha Park February 14, 2024
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