December 01, 2022

Ask A North Korean

Your chance to ask questions to North Koreans about life growing up in the DPRK

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?

Atomization in South Korea makes it difficult to express one's feelings, whereas people in the DPRK say what they think

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han November 25, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What are weddings like in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What are weddings like in the DPRK?

Ceremonies are simple affairs quite different from those in South, while food is an important part of the ritual

Ask a North Korean: What are weddings like in the DPRK?
Jin
Jin November 17, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is retirement like for the elderly?

Ask a North Korean: What is retirement like for the elderly?

Most retirees fend for themselves and eek out a living at marketplaces due to collapse of public distribution system

Ask a North Korean: What is retirement like for the elderly?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley November 9, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?

Authorities insist everyone speak standardized language, but people actually use a range of slang, profanity and accents

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim October 26, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?

Theft and other crime occurs in North Korea like any other country, but the state is selective in what it punishes

Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim October 10, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military

Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military

DPRK regards military athletes as akin to combatants in war, and the results can be fatal

Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military
Sersong Han
Sersong Han September 22, 2022
Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok

Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok

The joy of the holiday mingles with sadness of family separation for those who can’t visit hometowns and loved ones

Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim September 12, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is beach culture like in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What is beach culture like in North Korea?

Much like people around the world, North Koreans like to eat, drink and play at the beach. The problem is getting there.

Ask a North Korean: What is beach culture like in North Korea?
Jin
Jin September 2, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do you buy contraception in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: How do you buy contraception in North Korea?

The lack of sex education in the country means many have little knowledge about how to prevent pregnancy

Ask a North Korean: How do you buy contraception in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim August 24, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is it like to defect across the Northern Limit Line?

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to defect across the Northern Limit Line?

One of the few defectors to escape by sea tells the story of how he and his father pulled it off

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to defect across the Northern Limit Line?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han August 19, 2022
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