July 07, 2022

Ask A North Korean

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

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
Ask a North Korean: What stereotypes do defectors encounter in South Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What stereotypes do defectors encounter in South Korea?

Capitalist South Korea requires an entirely new mindset from the socialist North, a source of friction for new defectors

Ask a North Korean: What stereotypes do defectors encounter in South Korea?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han February 23, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What North Korean brands do you miss the most?

Ask a North Korean: What North Korean brands do you miss the most?

The DPRK’s socialist system results in little brand awareness, but certain companies and products still stand out

Ask a North Korean: What North Korean brands do you miss the most?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim February 11, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans get a driver’s license?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans get a driver’s license?

Fuel shortages mean most get little driving practice before hitting the road, but there are ways to cheat the system

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans get a driver’s license?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley January 19, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans like to go camping?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans like to go camping?

Travel restrictions mostly rule out leisure camping, but there are other ways people spend time in the great outdoors

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans like to go camping?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley December 30, 2021
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of regime sympathizers?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of regime sympathizers?

Former Pyongyang elite says few care about overseas supporters and responds to those who doubt defector stories

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of regime sympathizers?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley December 1, 2021
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about traveling abroad?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about traveling abroad?

Visiting another country is an unattainable dream for most, but there are ways for a fortunate few to holiday overseas

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about traveling abroad?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley November 4, 2021
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