April 18, 2024

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Alek Sigley

Alek Sigley is a PhD student at Stanford University's Modern Thought and Literature program, where he is writing a dissertation on North Korea. From 2018-2019 he studied for a master's degree in contemporary North Korean fiction at Kim Il Sung University's College of Literature. He speaks Mandarin, Korean and Japanese. Follow him on Twitter.

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Guitar Hero and Google Maps, DPRK style: a closer look at some North Korean apps

Guitar Hero and Google Maps, DPRK style: a closer look at some North Korean apps

From getting directions around town to playing music, here's what to buy at a Pyongyang app store

Guitar Hero and Google Maps, DPRK style: a closer look at some North Korean apps
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley February 15, 2019
What to buy inside a North Korean app store

What to buy inside a North Korean app store

From video games to language learning, Pyongyangites increasingly have plenty of choices

What to buy inside a North Korean app store
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley February 1, 2019
Fix up, look sharp: the changing face of North Korean men’s fashion

Fix up, look sharp: the changing face of North Korean men’s fashion

Styles are getting more modern — though the streetwear of the South remains a long way off

Fix up, look sharp: the changing face of North Korean men’s fashion
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley January 25, 2019
“Make women more beautiful”: inside a North Korean fashion magazine

“Make women more beautiful”: inside a North Korean fashion magazine

A recently-produced glossy points to changing trends in the DPRK

“Make women more beautiful”: inside a North Korean fashion magazine
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley January 16, 2019
From Perth to Pyongyang: my life as an Aussie student at Kim Il Sung University

From Perth to Pyongyang: my life as an Aussie student at Kim Il Sung University

"I’ve had many unique experiences, experiences of a kind nobody has really written about before"

From Perth to Pyongyang: my life as an Aussie student at Kim Il Sung University
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley January 9, 2019