November 30, 2022

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Joshua Kim

Joshua is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. He was born and raised in North Korea and lived there until he defected in 2019. He now resides in South Korea.

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Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?

Authorities insist everyone speak standardized language, but people actually use a range of slang, profanity and accents

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans have different regional accents?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim October 26, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?

Theft and other crime occurs in North Korea like any other country, but the state is selective in what it punishes

Ask a North Korean: How much crime is there in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim October 10, 2022
Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok

Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok

The joy of the holiday mingles with sadness of family separation for those who can’t visit hometowns and loved ones

Settling in Seoul: How a North Korean defector found a second family on Chuseok
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim September 12, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do you buy contraception in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: How do you buy contraception in North Korea?

The lack of sex education in the country means many have little knowledge about how to prevent pregnancy

Ask a North Korean: How do you buy contraception in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim August 24, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?

Special foods and solar-powered fans are common remedies, and even soldiers will take siestas on hottest days

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim July 20, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What superstitions and urban myths exist in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What superstitions and urban myths exist in North Korea?

The state has failed to fully root out folk beliefs, which range from wedding rituals to tall tales about Kim Il Sung

Ask a North Korean: What superstitions and urban myths exist in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim July 4, 2022
Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector

Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector

Separation from family and fast pace of life in South are challenging, but freedom from want and fear are irreplaceable

Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim May 5, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is the process for getting a loan in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What is the process for getting a loan in North Korea?

While the national bank does not provide loans, there are other ways to borrow money for business endeavors

Ask a North Korean: What is the process for getting a loan in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim April 8, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?

Double eyelid surgery and cosmetic tattoos are popular, but such illegal medical procedures carry serious risks

Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim March 23, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?

Joshua Kim explains the DPRK’s electoral process and why voters there don’t really have a choice

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim March 15, 2022