May 29, 2024

Ask A North Korean

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

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee

The Kim regime heavily restricts artists, but South Korean culture shines a light on what the Koreas share in common

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee
Sersong Han July 21, 2023
Ask a North Korean: Are alcoholism and drunk driving major problems in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: Are alcoholism and drunk driving major problems in the DPRK?

The regime treats drinking as a ‘political cancer,’ but alcohol is the only way for many to escape their harsh reality

Ask a North Korean: Are alcoholism and drunk driving major problems in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim July 14, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What did state propaganda teach you about love?

Ask a North Korean: What did state propaganda teach you about love?

While praising sacrificial love between comrades, schools discourage romance and treat it as taboo

Ask a North Korean: What did state propaganda teach you about love?
Rose July 7, 2023
Ask a North Korean: Why are there so many farms raising the slippery loach fish?

Ask a North Korean: Why are there so many farms raising the slippery loach fish?

The mudfish is a key income source for many, but the state promotes such aquaculture even in ill-suited environments

Ask a North Korean: Why are there so many farms raising the slippery loach fish?
Joshua Kim July 4, 2023
Settling in Seoul: How have you changed 10 years after escaping North Korea?

Settling in Seoul: How have you changed 10 years after escaping North Korea?

Without friends or family, one defector reached a breaking point before resolving to build a life he could be proud of

Settling in Seoul: How have you changed 10 years after escaping North Korea?
David June 28, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How has DPRK society progressed over the years?

Ask a North Korean: How has DPRK society progressed over the years?

Private markets have introduced new perspectives, but the dictatorship means few place much stock on social progress

Ask a North Korean: How has DPRK society progressed over the years?
Sersong Han June 15, 2023
Ask a North Korean: Do teenagers deal with issues like bullying and drug use?

Ask a North Korean: Do teenagers deal with issues like bullying and drug use?

Juvenile delinquency appears far less common than in other countries, but this doesn’t mean DPRK youth have it better

Ask a North Korean: Do teenagers deal with issues like bullying and drug use?
Jin June 9, 2023
Settling in Seoul: What is it like to speak to South Koreans about North Korea?

Settling in Seoul: What is it like to speak to South Koreans about North Korea?

People in the DPRK are curious about the far wealthier South, but the interest doesn’t always go in the other direction

Settling in Seoul: What is it like to speak to South Koreans about North Korea?
Jin May 22, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How a woman’s disappearance led a family to defect

Ask a North Korean: How a woman’s disappearance led a family to defect

New columnist Rose writes about discovering the world via foreign media and yearning to escape a country-sized prison

Ask a North Korean: How a woman’s disappearance led a family to defect
Rose May 16, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to travel abroad for the first time?

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to travel abroad for the first time?

Joshua Kim writes about marveling at Incheon airport, how Vietnam reminded him of the DPRK and more

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to travel abroad for the first time?
Joshua Kim May 8, 2023
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