November 30, 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 do you move to a new house in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: How do you move to a new house in the DPRK?

North Koreans can only move under specific circumstances, and even then finding affordable housing is nigh impossible

Ask a North Korean: How do you move to a new house in the DPRK?
Jin
Jin August 12, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans enjoy state media?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans enjoy state media?

Organizations set aside time for reading newspapers, but most citizens find it tedious and overstuffed with ideology

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans enjoy state media?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han August 2, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What are toilets like in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What are toilets like in the DPRK?

Public restrooms and toilet paper are in short supply, while expense of flush toilets results in a porcelain ‘hierarchy’

Ask a North Korean: What are toilets like in the DPRK?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley July 29, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?

Special foods and solar-powered fans are common remedies, and even soldiers will take siestas on hottest days

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim July 20, 2022
Ask a North Korean: The long, dangerous journey to freedom in the South

Ask a North Korean: The long, dangerous journey to freedom in the South

The final chapter in a harrowing escape from North Korea that forced one defector to leave her child and husband behind

Ask a North Korean: The long, dangerous journey to freedom in the South
Jin
Jin July 8, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What superstitions and urban myths exist in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What superstitions and urban myths exist in North Korea?

The state has failed to fully root out folk beliefs, which range from wedding rituals to tall tales about Kim Il Sung

Ask a North Korean: What superstitions and urban myths exist in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim July 4, 2022
Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors

Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors

Adapting to life in an alien country is a daunting challenge, one defector says, so any assistance can go a long way

Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors
Sersong Han
Sersong Han June 21, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do you talk to friends and family back home?

Ask a North Korean: How do you talk to friends and family back home?

Defectors from border areas can arrange calls when sending money, but it’s more difficult for those from Pyongyang

Ask a North Korean: How do you talk to friends and family back home?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han June 13, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans go to the dentist?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans go to the dentist?

A defector explains why many must procure their own implants, the growing popularity of teeth whitening and more

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans go to the dentist?
Hyun-seung Lee
Hyun-seung Lee June 1, 2022
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
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