September 19, 2020

About the author

Je Son Lee

Je son is an “Ask a North Korean” contributor. She is in her late 20s and left Mt. Paektu in 2011. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Ask a North Korean: on writing about the North as a defector

"Give the gift of abundance and freedom to North Koreans"

Je Son Lee October 25, 2017

Ask a North Korean: How common is abortion in North Korea?

"Lack of knowledge about birth control means that many women suffer from unplanned pregnancies"

Je Son Lee July 6, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Do women smoke in North Korea?

"Until 2005, it was inconceivable for North Koreans to think that young women could smoke"

Je Son Lee June 28, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Do women wear high heels in North Korea?

"They were so pretty, but it was painful to walk in them"

Je Son Lee May 8, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Where do North Koreans get their hair cut?

"Hairstyles people see in South Korean dramas are regarded to be stylish in North Korea"

Je Son Lee March 22, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Why does North Korea use such a unique calendar?

"As a young girl, I always thought that referring to the year as the Juche year seemed more elegant"

Je Son Lee March 2, 2017

Ask a North Korean: How are public baths different in the North?

"The idea of paying someone else to scrub your body is still foreign to many North Koreans"

Je Son Lee February 15, 2017

Ask a North Korean: How do North Korea's traffic laws work?

"In most regions outside of Pyongyang, there isn’t much traffic at all and traffic lights are rare"

Je Son Lee January 9, 2017

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans like reading books?

"Among the books I read in North Korea, Sherlock Holmes was my favorite"

Je Son Lee November 22, 2016

Ask a North Korean: What is married life like in North Korea?

In the DPRK, who you marry is all about status - but times are changing

Je Son Lee October 31, 2016
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