May 17, 2022

Ask A North Korean

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

Bribery and broken dreams: What it’s like to learn to drive in North Korea

Bribery and broken dreams: What it’s like to learn to drive in North Korea

Getting a driver’s license to begin with in North Korea takes a lot of time; there are only two driving academies nationwide

Bribery and broken dreams: What it’s like to learn to drive in North Korea
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon May 27, 2014
How North Korea’s economy shafts its students

How North Korea’s economy shafts its students

Young people lack ways to make money even as schools' demands add up

How North Korea’s economy shafts its students
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang May 2, 2014
What happens when you die in North Korea? A funeral system explained

What happens when you die in North Korea? A funeral system explained

"It’s not only the living in North Korea who are pitiful, the dead are, too"

What happens when you die in North Korea? A funeral system explained
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon April 4, 2014
How does the dating scene work in North Korea?

How does the dating scene work in North Korea?

Pyongyang tries to instill 'love for revolutionary comrades' over romance, but people reject it

How does the dating scene work in North Korea?
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang March 28, 2014
Why North Koreans envy the Chinese so much

Why North Koreans envy the Chinese so much

Envy of improved living standards, not the old alliance, drives their sentiment toward neighbors

Why North Koreans envy the Chinese so much
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon March 12, 2014
Neighborhood Watch: Inside North Korea’s secret police system

Neighborhood Watch: Inside North Korea’s secret police system

Ask A North Korean: "Let me tell you this: the Ministry of State Security system is a lot harsher than you'd think"

Neighborhood Watch: Inside North Korea’s secret police system
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang February 26, 2014
Why democracy might not be the best replacement for dictatorship in N. Korea

Why democracy might not be the best replacement for dictatorship in N. Korea

Ask a North Korean: Would you ever go back to North Korea? If so, under what conditions?

Why democracy might not be the best replacement for dictatorship in N. Korea
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang February 19, 2014
Losing clothes, health, and even life for the Mass Games

Losing clothes, health, and even life for the Mass Games

Performers brave illness, injury and humiliation to make spectacular displays

Losing clothes, health, and even life for the Mass Games
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon February 12, 2014
Pig livers and blindness: Growing up in North Korea’s famine

Pig livers and blindness: Growing up in North Korea’s famine

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to grow up during North Korea's famine?

Pig livers and blindness: Growing up in North Korea’s famine
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon February 3, 2014
The dilemma of leaving my family behind in North Korea

The dilemma of leaving my family behind in North Korea

Ask a North Korean: What happened to the family you left behind in Pyongyang?

The dilemma of leaving my family behind in North Korea
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang January 23, 2014