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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"
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"
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"
Ask a North Korean: Do women wear high heels in North Korea?
"They were so pretty, but it was painful to walk in them"
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"
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"
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"
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"
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans like reading books?
"Among the books I read in North Korea, Sherlock Holmes was my favorite"
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