July 02, 2020

About the author

Mina Yoon

Mina is an “Ask a North Korean” contributor. She is in her early 20s and left the north-east of North Korea in 2010. She can be reached at [email protected]

More articles by 'Mina Yoon'

Bribery and broken dreams: What it's like to learn to drive in North Korea

Getting a driver’s license to begin with in North Korea takes a lot of time; there are only two driving academies nationwide

Mina Yoon May 27, 2014

What happens when you die in North Korea? A funeral system explained

"It’s not only the living in North Korea who are pitiful, the dead are, too"

Mina Yoon April 4, 2014

Why North Koreans envy the Chinese so much

Envy of improved living standards, not the old alliance, drives their sentiment toward neighbors

Mina Yoon March 12, 2014

Losing clothes, health, and even life for the Mass Games

Performers brave illness, injury and humiliation to make spectacular displays

Mina Yoon February 12, 2014

Pig livers and blindness: Growing up in North Korea's famine

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to grow up during North Korea's famine?

Mina Yoon February 3, 2014

Who do North Koreans think started the Korean War?

North Koreans find it so difficult to question the tale of U.S. / South Korean invasion, defector says

Mina Yoon January 8, 2014

Could North Korea win a war with South Korea or the U.S?

Morale in once-patriotic military corps has plummeted, leaving little chance for success

Mina Yoon December 18, 2013

How do you get a job in North Korea?

No choice, no way out, and now no guarantee of compensation

Mina Yoon November 29, 2013

When a goat and pig decided to join the North Korean army

Ask a North Korean: Are there any jokes North Koreans like to tell?

Mina Yoon November 14, 2013