September 19, 2021

About the author

Tae-il Shim

Tae-il Shim is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. He left the DPRK in 2018, and now resides in South Korea.

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Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans think their country is the world’s best?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans think their country is the world’s best?

“Nobody honestly thinks North Korea is the best country in the world. If you live in poverty, how could you?”

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans think their country is the world’s best?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim December 10, 2020
Ask a North Korean: Why do some North Koreans defect via Russia and not China?

Ask a North Korean: Why do some North Koreans defect via Russia and not China?

“North Korean workers are eager to go to Russia. In North Korea, they’d be working all year long for meager wages.”

Ask a North Korean: Why do some North Koreans defect via Russia and not China?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim November 23, 2020
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans know about Muslims, mosques or Islam?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans know about Muslims, mosques or Islam?

“Let alone mosques, there aren’t really any churches, monasteries or temples in North Korea.”

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans know about Muslims, mosques or Islam?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim November 13, 2020
Ask a North Korean: Do rich and poor North Koreans hate each other?

Ask a North Korean: Do rich and poor North Koreans hate each other?

"Those with money view those without it as non-human ... They work those beneath them like slaves."

Ask a North Korean: Do rich and poor North Koreans hate each other?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim August 26, 2020
Ask a North Korean: how do defectors keep contact with relatives in the North?

Ask a North Korean: how do defectors keep contact with relatives in the North?

"North Korea is sealed off from the rest of the world, but defectors are able to make contact"

Ask a North Korean: how do defectors keep contact with relatives in the North?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim July 15, 2020
Ask a North Korean: do you support leaflet launches into North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: do you support leaflet launches into North Korea?

"In my personal opinion, these leaflet launches into North Korea should be encouraged and widely carried out"

Ask a North Korean: do you support leaflet launches into North Korea?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim June 23, 2020
Ask a North Korean: how does North Korea’s secret police eavesdrop on citizens?

Ask a North Korean: how does North Korea’s secret police eavesdrop on citizens?

"Thoughts that go against the government may seem trivial, but monitoring them is an important task"

Ask a North Korean: how does North Korea’s secret police eavesdrop on citizens?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim June 3, 2020
Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the election of defector Thae Yong-ho?

Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the election of defector Thae Yong-ho?

"I see Thae's election as being of great significance in establishing all North Korean defectors in South Korea"

Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the election of defector Thae Yong-ho?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim May 8, 2020
Ask a North Korean: how does sex education differ between North and South Korea?

Ask a North Korean: how does sex education differ between North and South Korea?

"It breaks my heart when I think of how women in North Korea... don't receive even the most basic sex education"

Ask a North Korean: how does sex education differ between North and South Korea?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim April 22, 2020
Ask a North Korean: how do people keep warm during harsh North Korean winters?

Ask a North Korean: how do people keep warm during harsh North Korean winters?

"From October to April, Hyesanites struggle for survival"

Ask a North Korean: how do people keep warm during harsh North Korean winters?
Tae-il Shim
Tae-il Shim March 24, 2020
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