January 28, 2023

Ask A North Korean

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

Ask a North Korean: Introducing Mina, a soldier turned student

Ask a North Korean: Introducing Mina, a soldier turned student

Meet one of the new authors of our ongoing “Ask a North Korean” feature

Ask a North Korean: Introducing Mina, a soldier turned student
NK News
NK News September 11, 2013
Top 5 Similarities between North and South Korea

Top 5 Similarities between North and South Korea

What are the main similarities (and differences) between life in the two Koreas?

Top 5 Similarities between North and South Korea
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim February 11, 2013
People Who Don’t Like The Mass Games Are Weird

People Who Don’t Like The Mass Games Are Weird

Did you ever practice for mass dance events like Arirang and what was the training process like?

People Who Don’t Like The Mass Games Are Weird
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim January 21, 2013
How We Survived On The North Korean Farm

How We Survived On The North Korean Farm

Ask a North Korean: What is life like in the North Korean countryside?

How We Survived On The North Korean Farm
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim January 11, 2013
My Winter Holidays In North Korea

My Winter Holidays In North Korea

Just because it's cold, it doesn't stop us partying, eating, singing and dancing for the DPRK's New Year celebrations.

My Winter Holidays In North Korea
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim January 1, 2013
Even the Dogs in China Had More Food Than Us

Even the Dogs in China Had More Food Than Us

What rumors did you hear about the "outside world" that turned out to be true or false when you lived in North Korea? Are there any things you miss about your life there?

Even the Dogs in China Had More Food Than Us
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim December 17, 2012
Looking Pretty In North Korea

Looking Pretty In North Korea

Where do North Korean Girls Get Their Fashion and Beauty Inspiration From? How Does It Differ From South Korea?

Looking Pretty In North Korea
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim December 10, 2012
A Bullet Is More Precious Than A Bon-bon

A Bullet Is More Precious Than A Bon-bon

Ask A North Korean: What do most North Koreans think of the country's satellite and rocket programs?

A Bullet Is More Precious Than A Bon-bon
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim December 5, 2012
Korean Coffee Culture: Lost In Communication

Korean Coffee Culture: Lost In Communication

Given the major cultural differences between North and South, will Korean unification be a smooth process?

Korean Coffee Culture: Lost In Communication
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim November 12, 2012
Why did we never complain? We didn’t even know how to.

Why did we never complain? We didn’t even know how to.

Do people in North Korea criticize the leaders behind closed doors? How have things changed over the years?

Why did we never complain? We didn’t even know how to.
Jae Young Kim
Jae Young Kim November 5, 2012