Kim Yoo-sung is an Ask a North Korean contributor who left Gil-joo County of Hamkyungbuk-do, DPRK in 2005
"South Koreans are trapped in the misconception that America will save them from any danger"
"North Koreans grow up brainwashed to hate cherry blossom trees"
'If I give my Korean age during the official interview with public servants, I will be scolded'
"Only after arriving in South Korea did I learn about the genealogy of the Kim family"
"North Korea has become a capitalist state in a manner that cannot easily be defined with words"
"I had always wanted to learn Chinese. I memorized 3000 characters by myself in my spare time"
"When you fall ill in North Korea, the first thing that comes to your mind is a dish of rabbit"
Hunting is rare and heavily restricted, and the most prized animal specimens go to top brass
Can love overcome the songbun hierarchical system?
When South Korean men talk military service memories it's easy for a defector to feel left out
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