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]
"Give the gift of abundance and freedom to North Koreans"
"Lack of knowledge about birth control means that many women suffer from unplanned pregnancies"
"Until 2005, it was inconceivable for North Koreans to think that young women could smoke"
"They were so pretty, but it was painful to walk in them"
"Hairstyles people see in South Korean dramas are regarded to be stylish in North Korea"
"As a young girl, I always thought that referring to the year as the Juche year seemed more elegant"
"The idea of paying someone else to scrub your body is still foreign to many North Koreans"
"In most regions outside of Pyongyang, there isn’t much traffic at all and traffic lights are rare"
"Among the books I read in North Korea, Sherlock Holmes was my favorite"
In the DPRK, who you marry is all about status - but times are changing
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