April 09, 2020

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In-hua Kim

In-hua Kim is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. She left the DPRK in 2018, and now resides in South Korea.

More articles by 'In-hua Kim'

Ask a North Korean: what do North Koreans think about black people?

"In general, North Koreans sympathize with black Americans just like they do with those in Africa"

In-hua Kim April 2, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how much do North Koreans know about the outside world?

"Ordinary North Koreans have very skimpy knowledge about the outside world"

In-hua Kim March 18, 2020

Ask a North Korean: can money buy freedom in the DPRK?

"Money and bribes are far more important than in South Korea"

In-hua Kim March 3, 2020

Ask a North Korean: were North Koreans genuinely grieving when Kim Il Sung died?

"It felt like the world was coming to an end"

In-hua Kim January 30, 2020

Ask a North Korean: what does the leader's New Year's speech mean to you?

"No North Korean is looking forward to the New Year’s speech"

In-hua Kim | Tae-il Shim January 3, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the UN ban on overseas workers?

"I couldn't help but sigh at the news that North Korean overseas workers were being sent back to North Korea"

In-hua Kim December 23, 2019

Ask a North Korean: is North Korea environmentally-friendly?

"'Nature' in North Korea is so bleak I am ashamed to even call it that."

In-hua Kim December 3, 2019

Ask a North Korean: do forced abortions really take place in the DPRK?

"Koreans are not supposed to bear the children of foreigners, and this rule is strictly enforced"

In-hua Kim November 13, 2019

Ask a North Korean: What do people like to eat in North Korea?

"When I was little, my mother used to prepare sundae, rice cakes, and lots of other delicious food"

In-hua Kim October 24, 2019

Ask a North Korean: is it difficult for defectors to speak "South Korean"?

"Self-conscious of my North Korean accent, I usually stay silent wherever I go"

In-hua Kim October 7, 2019