April 24, 2024

Ask A North Korean

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

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
Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?

Atomization in South Korea makes it difficult to express one's feelings, whereas people in the DPRK say what they think

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?
Sersong Han November 25, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What are weddings like in the DPRK?

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

Ceremonies are simple affairs quite different from those in South, while food is an important part of the ritual

Ask a North Korean: What are weddings like in the DPRK?
Jin November 17, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is retirement like for the elderly?

Ask a North Korean: What is retirement like for the elderly?

Most retirees fend for themselves and eek out a living at marketplaces due to collapse of public distribution system

Ask a North Korean: What is retirement like for the elderly?
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley November 9, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?

Authorities insist everyone speak standardized language, but people actually use a range of slang, profanity and accents

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?
Joshua Kim October 26, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?

Theft and other crime occurs in North Korea like any other country, but the state is selective in what it punishes

Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim October 10, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military

Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military

DPRK regards military athletes as akin to combatants in war, and the results can be fatal

Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military
Sersong Han September 22, 2022
Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok

Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok

The joy of the holiday mingles with sadness of family separation for those who can’t visit hometowns and loved ones

Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok
Joshua Kim September 12, 2022
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