Your chance to ask questions to North Koreans about life growing up in the DPRK
Separation from family and fast pace of life in South are challenging, but freedom from want and fear are irreplaceable
North Korea does not allow diversity of opinion, making liberal South Korea – especially online culture – hard to grasp
The Hanawon resettlement facility helps new arrivals adjust to South Korean life, but not all defectors like going there
A defector describes how imprisonment by secret police separated her from family but strengthened her resolve to live
While the national bank does not provide loans, there are other ways to borrow money for business endeavors
A young woman recounts the series of events that drove her to rethink her life in the DPRK
Double eyelid surgery and cosmetic tattoos are popular, but such illegal medical procedures carry serious risks
Joshua Kim explains the DPRK’s electoral process and why voters there don’t really have a choice
Defector from an elite family explains the DPRK’s love of foreign cars, why so many drive wood-powered vehicles and more
Capitalist South Korea requires an entirely new mindset from the socialist North, a source of friction for new defectors
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