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June 17, 2024

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Sersong Han

Sersong Han was born and raised in Pyongyang before defecting to South Korea in 2014.

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Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee

The Kim regime heavily restricts artists, but South Korean culture shines a light on what the Koreas share in common

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee
Sersong Han July 21, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How has DPRK society progressed over the years?

Ask a North Korean: How has DPRK society progressed over the years?

Private markets have introduced new perspectives, but the dictatorship means few place much stock on social progress

Ask a North Korean: How has DPRK society progressed over the years?
Sersong Han June 15, 2023
Settling in Seoul: What was your first year like after reaching South Korea?

Settling in Seoul: What was your first year like after reaching South Korea?

Some adjust faster than others to a capitalist lifestyle, even when it causes tensions with those closest to us

Settling in Seoul: What was your first year like after reaching South Korea?
Sersong Han April 7, 2023
Settling in Seoul: A North Korean defector discovers the concept of hobbies

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean defector discovers the concept of hobbies

DPRK society insists individuals live for collective, but people in the South can explore their own interests

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean defector discovers the concept of hobbies
Sersong Han March 3, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?

People risk their lives to enjoy foreign music that explores love, memories and other themes absent from official songs

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?
Sersong Han February 13, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?

Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?

Fashion police hammer down the nail that sticks out, but people still find subtle ways to display their own style

Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?
Sersong Han January 20, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What are funerals like in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What are funerals like in the DPRK?

Most funeral services take place in people’s homes and differ in other ways from ceremonies in the South

Ask a North Korean: What are funerals like in the DPRK?
Sersong Han December 30, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?

Atomization in South Korea makes it difficult to express one's feelings, whereas people in the DPRK say what they think

Ask a North Korean: What do you miss about living in North Korea?
Sersong Han November 25, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military

Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military

DPRK regards military athletes as akin to combatants in war, and the results can be fatal

Ask a North Korean: What it’s like to be a boxer in the North Korean military
Sersong Han September 22, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What is it like to defect across the Northern Limit Line?

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to defect across the Northern Limit Line?

One of the few defectors to escape by sea tells the story of how he and his father pulled it off

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to defect across the Northern Limit Line?
Sersong Han August 19, 2022