May 24, 2022

Ask A North Korean

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

Ask a North Korean: How bright lights in China inspired a defection

Ask a North Korean: How bright lights in China inspired a defection

‘You cannot change where you were born, but you can choose where you live’

Ask a North Korean: How bright lights in China inspired a defection
Jin
Jin May 17, 2022
Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector

Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector

Separation from family and fast pace of life in South are challenging, but freedom from want and fear are irreplaceable

Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim May 5, 2022
Settling in Seoul: The biggest struggles in understanding South Korean society 

Settling in Seoul: The biggest struggles in understanding South Korean society 

North Korea does not allow diversity of opinion, making liberal South Korea – especially online culture – hard to grasp

Settling in Seoul: The biggest struggles in understanding South Korean society 
Sersong Han
Sersong Han April 28, 2022
Settling in Seoul: How was the education center for new North Korean defectors?

Settling in Seoul: How was the education center for new North Korean defectors?

The Hanawon resettlement facility helps new arrivals adjust to South Korean life, but not all defectors like going there

Settling in Seoul: How was the education center for new North Korean defectors?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han April 21, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Was there a specific experience that drove you to defect?

Ask a North Korean: Was there a specific experience that drove you to defect?

A defector describes how imprisonment by secret police separated her from family but strengthened her resolve to live

Ask a North Korean: Was there a specific experience that drove you to defect?
Jin
Jin April 13, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is the process for getting a loan in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What is the process for getting a loan in North Korea?

While the national bank does not provide loans, there are other ways to borrow money for business endeavors

Ask a North Korean: What is the process for getting a loan in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim April 8, 2022
Ask a North Korean: When did you first begin to consider defecting?

Ask a North Korean: When did you first begin to consider defecting?

A young woman recounts the series of events that drove her to rethink her life in the DPRK

Ask a North Korean: When did you first begin to consider defecting?
Jin
Jin April 6, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?

Double eyelid surgery and cosmetic tattoos are popular, but such illegal medical procedures carry serious risks

Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim March 23, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?

Joshua Kim explains the DPRK’s electoral process and why voters there don’t really have a choice

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim March 15, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about different car brands?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about different car brands?

Defector from an elite family explains the DPRK’s love of foreign cars, why so many drive wood-powered vehicles and more

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about different car brands?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley March 4, 2022
1 2 3 4 22