September 23, 2020

Ask A North Korean

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

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

Ask a North Korean: how did N. Koreans react to Moon's 2018 visit to Pyongyang?

"Whether it's a summit with the U.S. or South Korea, people just dismiss it as political theater"

In-hua Kim August 28, 2019

Ask a North Korean: smuggling goods and helping escapees across the Yalu River

"God, please help me live. Help me not get washed away by the force of the current...."

Tae-il Shim August 21, 2019

Ask a North Korean: is anyone genuinely loyal to the ruling Kims anymore?

"With my body in chains, I learned that the culprits of our suffering were the incapable leadership"

In-hua Kim August 12, 2019

Ask a North Korean: introducing the "Smuggler Kingpin" of Hyesan

The story of our second new contributor, from starving taekwondo teacher to TV smuggler

Tae-il Shim August 2, 2019

Ask a North Korean: from middle-class life to famine and freedom

Introducing a new writer, a former resident of Hyesan, Ryanggang-do

In-hua Kim July 17, 2019

Inter-Korean family reunions: a defector's perspective

"If it took these people 70 years, how long will it take for me to see my family in the North?"

Sarah Han August 23, 2018
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