May 22, 2024

Ask A North Korean

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

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
Who do North Koreans think started the Korean War?

Who do North Koreans think started the Korean War?

North Koreans find it so difficult to question the tale of U.S. / South Korean invasion, defector says

Who do North Koreans think started the Korean War?
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon January 8, 2014
Could North Korea win a war with South Korea or the U.S?

Could North Korea win a war with South Korea or the U.S?

Morale in once-patriotic military corps has plummeted, leaving little chance for success

Could North Korea win a war with South Korea or the U.S?
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon December 18, 2013
Ask a North Korean: My thoughts on Jang Song Theak’s execution

Ask a North Korean: My thoughts on Jang Song Theak’s execution

This incident tells us that Kim Jong Un’s administration faces its worst crisis ever

Ask a North Korean: My thoughts on Jang Song Theak’s execution
Ji-Min Kang
Ji-Min Kang December 13, 2013
How do you get a job in North Korea?

How do you get a job in North Korea?

No choice, no way out, and now no guarantee of compensation

How do you get a job in North Korea?
Mina Yoon
Mina Yoon November 29, 2013