Finally living in a free country, I'm still haunted by the things I can't share with my mom and dad
Make some young Northerners curious and open a few minds
People maintain family rituals, friendly pastimes on Jan. 1, despite official emphasis on Seollal
Drinking is very popular in the North, so much so that strong alcohol is treated like a 'soft drink'
North Koreans like to pass the time playing cards, often because there's not much else to do
Got a name like the Dear Leader's, or one that sounds Japanese? It has to change
Those who remember the Korean War tell stories very different from the propaganda, and American movies appeal to North Korean sensibilities
Knowing that other countries' look down on their poverty, Northerners embrace nuclear capabilities
No, not zombies – absence of medical care, standard funeral homes means some are declared dead prematurely
Coffee was once a luxury item in the capital Pyongyang – and even rarer everywhere else in the country
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