May 18, 2022

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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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Can foreigners marry North Koreans?

Can foreigners marry North Koreans?

Mixed children born out of wedlock may be more common than actual mixed marriages in the North

Can foreigners marry North Koreans?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee August 19, 2015
How do North Koreans treat mental illness?

How do North Koreans treat mental illness?

North lacks suitable care for mentally ill; existing facilities seem to make problems worse

How do North Koreans treat mental illness?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee August 5, 2015
Do North Koreans keep pets?

Do North Koreans keep pets?

Pets are hard to raise when you've got little money – and some can get you in trouble

Do North Koreans keep pets?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee July 22, 2015
Do North Koreans like K-pop?

Do North Koreans like K-pop?

North Koreans like Southern pop culture more and more, but reasons differ by generation

Do North Koreans like K-pop?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee June 17, 2015
What do North Koreans think of their neighbors?

What do North Koreans think of their neighbors?

Northerners feel affection for S. Koreans, hate Japan, look down on Chinese

What do North Koreans think of their neighbors?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee June 10, 2015
Does regionalism exist in North Korea?

Does regionalism exist in North Korea?

It's not Yankees vs. Southerners, but stereotypes by provinces can still be found

Does regionalism exist in North Korea?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee May 28, 2015
Low ‘Net worth: North Koreans’ limited grasp of the World Wide Web

Low ‘Net worth: North Koreans’ limited grasp of the World Wide Web

They may not be logging on, but Northerners are still changing due to exposure to foreign media

Low ‘Net worth: North Koreans’ limited grasp of the World Wide Web
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee April 30, 2015
Black market makeup in North Korea

Black market makeup in North Korea

From smuggled South Korean products to tattooed-on eyeliner, North Korean women find a way

Black market makeup in North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee March 11, 2015
‘The Interview’ from a North Korean’s perspective

‘The Interview’ from a North Korean’s perspective

Controversial movie is juvenile, offensive and likely to turn North Koreans against U.S.

‘The Interview’ from a North Korean’s perspective
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee February 18, 2015
The roles of women in North Korea

The roles of women in North Korea

Women bear the brunt of domestic violence, discrimination and increased workloads in changing society

The roles of women in North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee February 11, 2015