May 23, 2024

Ask A North Korean

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

How foreign movies changed my life in North Korea

How foreign movies changed my life in North Korea

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans view Western and South Korean movies, DVDs and songs?

How foreign movies changed my life in North Korea
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang October 22, 2014
Ask a North Korean: How fashion works in North Korea

Ask a North Korean: How fashion works in North Korea

"I think that North Koreans are even more obsessed with fashion than South Koreans"

Ask a North Korean: How fashion works in North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee October 13, 2014
Hello from a former resident of Mt. Paektu, North Korea

Hello from a former resident of Mt. Paektu, North Korea

Ask a North Korean column relaunches with two new writers joining Ji Min from Pyongyang

Hello from a former resident of Mt. Paektu, North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee October 8, 2014
How law and order works in North Korea

How law and order works in North Korea

Police exist to collect bribes, punishment is determined by social status

How law and order works in North Korea
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang July 24, 2014
Fortune-tellers, spirits and ghosts: North Korea’s unofficial faith

Fortune-tellers, spirits and ghosts: North Korea’s unofficial faith

While authorities do not tolerate official religion, Shamanism and fortune-telling popular in North Korea

Fortune-tellers, spirits and ghosts: North Korea’s unofficial faith
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang June 12, 2014
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