January 23, 2021

About the author

Tatiana Gabroussenko

Tatiana Gabroussenko obtained her PhD in East Asian Studies at the Australian National University. She is currently a professor of North Korean studies at Korea University, Seoul. Her latest book, “Soldiers on the Cultural Front: Developments in the Early History of North Korean Literature and Literary Policy,” was included in the Choice magazine list of Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012.

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Why Kim Jong Un couldn’t be bothered with more ‘on-the-spot’ guidances in 2020

It may be a North Korean tradition, but the young ruler is making his own leadership traditions this year

Tatiana Gabroussenko December 25, 2020

North Korea has a pop culture obsession with potatoes, and it’s a dangerous sign

DPRK state media has been replacing images of white rice — a symbol of prosperity — with the more humble spud

Tatiana Gabroussenko November 10, 2020

How North Korea rebranded its most iconic poet into a Kim-worshipping fanboy

The story of poet Cho Ki Cheon is another example of the DPRK rewriting its cultural icons into propagandic myths

Tatiana Gabroussenko October 28, 2020

North Korea modernizes its YouTube propaganda, but with an extra feminine touch

North Korea's new internet propaganda strategy seems to be placing its bets on a "girl next door" vibe

Tatiana Gabroussenko October 1, 2020

How North Korea’s Pungsan dog became a symbol of the country’s ‘proud spirit’

Pungsan dogs are said to be pure, spontaneous, and loyal to their leaders - just like a good North Korean should be

Tatiana Gabroussenko August 3, 2020

How North Korean pop culture is changing the narrative around the Korean War

Once ruthlessly unsentimental, Pyongyang may be slowly changing its tune

Tatiana Gabroussenko July 29, 2020

Respect your elders… or not: ageism in North Korean mass culture

Portrayals of the elderly have changed over the decades, and according to the political needs of the leadership

Mad scientists, DPRK-style: geniuses on the North Korean screen

In the Kim Jong Il era, scientists were portrayed as devoted to their work and leader - even at the expense of family

Tatiana Gabroussenko April 8, 2020

End of an era: Choe Chang Su, the North Korean “people’s actor,” passes away

Hailing from humble roots, Choe became a fixture of the DPRK silver screen under Kim Jong Il

Tatiana Gabroussenko February 26, 2020

Unconverted political prisoners, and inter-Korean romance, in DPRK fiction

Stories based (very) loosely on the real-life repatriations of prisoners from South to North became popular in the 2000s

Tatiana Gabroussenko January 31, 2020
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