November 30, 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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Are there gay people in North Korea?

Are there gay people in North Korea?

And if so, what happens to them when other people find out?

Are there gay people in North Korea?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee January 29, 2015
How do North Koreans spend days off?

How do North Koreans spend days off?

In this week's Ask a North Korean, we learn that workers get days off like anywhere else - just don't get caught listening to K-pop

How do North Koreans spend days off?
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee January 16, 2015
Bright lights, not human rights: Why North Koreans envy their neighbors

Bright lights, not human rights: Why North Koreans envy their neighbors

Ask a North Korean: What do people along the border think about the Chinese – and those living in Pyongyang?

Bright lights, not human rights: Why North Koreans envy their neighbors
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee December 16, 2014
How to get whatever you want in North Korea

How to get whatever you want in North Korea

While money can buy anything in North Korea, money is not easy to make

How to get whatever you want in North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee November 13, 2014
Ask a North Korean: How fashion works in North Korea

Ask a North Korean: How fashion works in North Korea

"I think that North Koreans are even more obsessed with fashion than South Koreans"

Ask a North Korean: How fashion works in North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee October 13, 2014
Hello from a former resident of Mt. Paektu, North Korea

Hello from a former resident of Mt. Paektu, North Korea

Ask a North Korean column relaunches with two new writers joining Ji Min from Pyongyang

Hello from a former resident of Mt. Paektu, North Korea
Je Son Lee
Je Son Lee October 8, 2014