December 11, 2019

Ask A North Korean

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

Ask a North Korean: is North Korea environmentally-friendly?

"'Nature' in North Korea is so bleak I am ashamed to even call it that."

In-hua Kim December 3, 2019

Ask a North Korean: how do North Koreans prepare for war and natural disasters?

"When it comes to war-related threats, the DPRK is equipped with an anti-U.S.-terrorism strategy"

Tae-il Shim November 21, 2019

Ask a North Korean: do forced abortions really take place in the DPRK?

"Koreans are not supposed to bear the children of foreigners, and this rule is strictly enforced"

In-hua Kim November 13, 2019

Ask a North Korean: How much do Pyongyangites know about the outside world?

"People from outside of Pyongyang, at least those in my hometown, are often more up-to-date on outside news"

Tae-il Shim November 5, 2019

Ask a North Korean: What do people like to eat in North Korea?

"When I was little, my mother used to prepare sundae, rice cakes, and lots of other delicious food"

In-hua Kim October 24, 2019

Ask a North Korean: how has drug culture evolved in North Korea?

"Many are driving themselves into ruin for a momentary escape from their depressing reality"

Tae-il Shim October 16, 2019

Ask a North Korean: is it difficult for defectors to speak "South Korean"?

"Self-conscious of my North Korean accent, I usually stay silent wherever I go"

In-hua Kim October 7, 2019

Ask a North Korean: What impact do defectors have on North Korean society?

"The families and relatives of defectors, who were once despised, are now admired"

Tae-il Shim October 1, 2019

Ask a North Korean: what kind of traditional culture still exists in the DPRK?

"Stop laughing and listen! This fortuneteller is really good, she figures things out well"

In-hua Kim September 12, 2019

Ask a North Korean: What is the 'songbun' system like under Kim Jong Un?

"The songbun system exists in name only for many"

Tae-il Shim September 5, 2019
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