June 03, 2020

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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"Flames": how an unusual tale of North Korean romance pushed the boundaries

Unrequited love and female-on-male harassment define this unique DPRK-made serial

Tatiana Gabroussenko March 20, 2019

Socialism with a human face? North Korea's brief, but impactful, cultural "thaw"

DPRK official culture in the 1980s sought to encourage citizens to be more empathetic

Tatiana Gabroussenko January 28, 2019

Feature-length commercials: N. Korean ideological dramas peddling products

How a drama centered on a mineral water factory set the stage for a new type of advertising

Tatiana Gabroussenko December 18, 2018

How a Chongryon-made movie gave 1980s North Korea a glimpse of capitalist life

Aimed at instilling patriotism, "Silver Hairpin" suggested Koreans were better off in Japan

Tatiana Gabroussenko November 14, 2018

How North Korea's nascent consumerism has succeeded in toeing the party line

Far from challenging juche orthodoxy, DPRK-style capitalism has pushed traditional state values

Tatiana Gabroussenko October 17, 2018

Bureaucrats, whiners, and wild horses: industrial managers in North Korean TV

Portrayal of non-party enterprise officials has become decidedly more sympathetic over the years

Tatiana Gabroussenko September 13, 2018

"Do you envy it?" Why North Korean movies urged the people to idealize city life

In DPRK culture, modern technology always means happiness

Tatiana Gabroussenko July 23, 2018

Suspicious knowledge: foreign languages in North Korean culture

Propaganda has traditionally portrayed those interested in life overseas with suspicion

"Imagine this is tasty!": cold noodles in North Korean popular culture

The regime's propagandists turned a famine relief food into a national symbol

Misogyny in camouflage: gender relations in Songun cinema

The "military-first" era saw DPRK culture embrace some troubling ideas about romantic relations

Tatiana Gabroussenko March 30, 2018