Authorities insist everyone speak standardized language, but people actually use a range of slang, profanity and accents
Theft and other crime occurs in North Korea like any other country, but the state is selective in what it punishes
The joy of the holiday mingles with sadness of family separation for those who can’t visit hometowns and loved ones
The lack of sex education in the country means many have little knowledge about how to prevent pregnancy
Special foods and solar-powered fans are common remedies, and even soldiers will take siestas on hottest days
The state has failed to fully root out folk beliefs, which range from wedding rituals to tall tales about Kim Il Sung
Separation from family and fast pace of life in South are challenging, but freedom from want and fear are irreplaceable
While the national bank does not provide loans, there are other ways to borrow money for business endeavors
Double eyelid surgery and cosmetic tattoos are popular, but such illegal medical procedures carry serious risks
Joshua Kim explains the DPRK’s electoral process and why voters there don’t really have a choice
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