May 27, 2024

Ask A North Korean

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

Ask a North Korean: Does North Korea really carry out public executions?

Ask a North Korean: Does North Korea really carry out public executions?

A defector writes about witnessing someone sentenced to death and why the regime ‘kills the chicken to warn the monkey’

Ask a North Korean: Does North Korea really carry out public executions?
Joshua Kim May 23, 2024
Ask a North Korean: What is forced labor like in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What is forced labor like in North Korea?

A defector writes about being forced to work even as an elementary school student and the trauma it left him with

Ask a North Korean: What is forced labor like in North Korea?
David May 21, 2024
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans spend their time?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans spend their time?

A defector writes about daily routines and the supremacy of work, and why DPRK citizens don’t even think about hobbies

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans spend their time?
Jin May 10, 2024
Ask a North Korean: Can North Korean couples get divorced?

Ask a North Korean: Can North Korean couples get divorced?

DPRK society has become more accepting of divorce over the years, but this hasn’t made getting one much easier

Ask a North Korean: Can North Korean couples get divorced?
Rose April 30, 2024
Ask a North Korean: What is North Korea like for people with disabilities?

Ask a North Korean: What is North Korea like for people with disabilities?

A defector shares how her father carried her paraplegic mother on his back to escape injustices in DPRK

Ask a North Korean: What is North Korea like for people with disabilities?
Maeng Hyo-shim
Maeng Hyo-shim April 18, 2024
Ask a North Korean: What are working hours like in the DPRK?

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

The state frames labor as a form of war and gives workers little rest, wringing out everything it can from citizens

Ask a North Korean: What are working hours like in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim April 9, 2024
Ask a North Korean: What is it like to work as an overseas laborer in Russia?

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to work as an overseas laborer in Russia?

A former worker in Far East details why the regime sends citizens abroad and a typical day on a construction site

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to work as an overseas laborer in Russia?
Jin Ju-dong March 29, 2024
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans interact with nature?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans interact with nature?

An escapee writes about the devastation of the DPRK environment and why few people think about conservation

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans interact with nature?
Jin March 13, 2024
Ask a North Korean: Behind the scenes of wedding shoots for the DPRK’s new rich

Ask a North Korean: Behind the scenes of wedding shoots for the DPRK’s new rich

A former videographer writes about how couples spent days filming videos before crackdown on ‘anti-socialist’ practice

Ask a North Korean: Behind the scenes of wedding shoots for the DPRK’s new rich
Rose March 7, 2024
Ask a North Korean: What games do children play in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What games do children play in North Korea?

A defector writes about the popularity of card, board and smartphone games and why he used to love flying kites

Ask a North Korean: What games do children play in North Korea?
Joshua Kim February 29, 2024
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