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July 25, 2024

Ask A North Korean

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

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean defector discovers the concept of hobbies

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean defector discovers the concept of hobbies

DPRK society insists individuals live for collective, but people in the South can explore their own interests

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean defector discovers the concept of hobbies
Sersong Han March 3, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What snacks are most popular in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What snacks are most popular in the DPRK?

The state gives out low-quality sweets on major holidays, but what people really covet are imported treats from abroad

Ask a North Korean: What snacks are most popular in the DPRK?
Jin February 24, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?

People risk their lives to enjoy foreign music that explores love, memories and other themes absent from official songs

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?
Sersong Han February 13, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of foreign countries?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of foreign countries?

Schools teach very little about the outside world as Kim regime focuses on nurturing pride for the DPRK above all

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of foreign countries?
Jin January 27, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?

Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?

Fashion police hammer down the nail that sticks out, but people still find subtle ways to display their own style

Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?
Sersong Han January 20, 2023
Ask a North Korean: Were you exposed to outside information in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: Were you exposed to outside information in the DPRK?

Unapproved information reaches most corners of North Korea through fliers, radio broadcasts and even shark balloons

Ask a North Korean: Were you exposed to outside information in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim January 6, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What are funerals like in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What are funerals like in the DPRK?

Most funeral services take place in people’s homes and differ in other ways from ceremonies in the South

Ask a North Korean: What are funerals like in the DPRK?
Sersong Han December 30, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What’s the restaurant scene like in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What’s the restaurant scene like in the DPRK?

Few outside the capital can afford to eat out, while the most popular eateries are run out of people’s homes

Ask a North Korean: What’s the restaurant scene like in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim December 23, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How common are extramarital affairs?

Ask a North Korean: How common are extramarital affairs?

Strict rules that discourage divorce by party officials have the side effect of encouraging infidelity

Ask a North Korean: How common are extramarital affairs?
Joshua Kim December 15, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What are the most popular university majors?

Ask a North Korean: What are the most popular university majors?

Most North Koreans have little choice over their course of study, unless they can pay hefty bribes

Ask a North Korean: What are the most popular university majors?
Jin December 8, 2022
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