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A defector writes about the popularity of card, board and smartphone games and why he used to love flying kites
A defector writes about his training schedule and the hurdles he faced trying to represent his country
Services have cropped up for transferring money and making payments, but distrust in banks poses obstacles to their use
A recent defector writes about growing disillusioned during 90s famine and how pandemic pushed him to make a break
A defector writes about her memories of festivities in the DPRK and her first experience of Valentine’s Day
Ink is common among older generations, but usually as a way to show loyalty rather than as a form of self-expression
David, who defected in 2012, writes about discovering the joys of self-expression through his work as a YouTuber
A defector writes about his surreal meal at a North Korean restaurant in Laos and how it led him to reflect on his life
North Koreans are passionate about education, and like in South Korea, a fever for private instruction has taken hold
A DPRK escapee talks about encountering people who question his testimony and how he learned to embrace his past
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