September 21, 2020

Ask A North Korean

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

Ask a North Korean: How are public baths different in the North?

"The idea of paying someone else to scrub your body is still foreign to many North Koreans"

Je Son Lee February 15, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Called in for questioning by government officials

"Once they take you away to the prison camp, you are never heard from again"

Ji-Min Kang January 31, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Pop culture and young love in North Korea

"If a CD or DVD is found stuck in your player, you’re in deep trouble"

Ji-Min Kang January 24, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Beers with a South Korean defector in Pyongyang

"According to him, South Korea was a living hell where people couldn’t live"

Ji-Min Kang January 17, 2017

Ask a North Korean: How do North Korea's traffic laws work?

"In most regions outside of Pyongyang, there isn’t much traffic at all and traffic lights are rare"

Je Son Lee January 9, 2017

Ask a North Korean: How capitalist is North Korea today?

"North Korea has become a capitalist state in a manner that cannot easily be defined with words"

Kim Yoo-sung December 29, 2016

Ask a North Korean: How many North Koreans read Chinese characters?

"I had always wanted to learn Chinese. I memorized 3000 characters by myself in my spare time"

Kim Yoo-sung December 23, 2016

Ask a North Korean: What do N. Koreans eat that Southerners don't?

"When you fall ill in North Korea, the first thing that comes to your mind is a dish of rabbit"

Kim Yoo-sung December 6, 2016

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans like reading books?

"Among the books I read in North Korea, Sherlock Holmes was my favorite"

Je Son Lee November 22, 2016
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