August 08, 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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Hong Gil-dong: Korean classics on North Korean screens

Adapting classic folk tales using Juche-approved themes placed filmmakers in awkward positions

Kim Jong Un and the children: developing ‘their own way’

The third Kim pays special attention to children in fiction, rewarding a surprising individuality

Tatiana Gabroussenko April 29, 2016

How North Korean writings rationalize Kim Jong Un’s leadership style

Stories about the ‘failures,’ and lessons, of specialists explain Kim’s decision-making

Tatiana Gabroussenko March 22, 2016

The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture

The late 1980s saw the movement of the ‘good foreigner,’ including from Japan, in Northern works

Tatiana Gabroussenko February 17, 2016

Social criticism in North Korean cinematography

Films noted the persistent problems in Kim Il Sungist society – but avoided real causes

Tatiana Gabroussenko January 19, 2016

North Korean cinematography's successful debut

Oddly, a competently made 1949 film preceeded decades of North Korean cinematic schlock

Tatiana Gabroussenko December 16, 2015

North Koreans in the city: clash of work ethics

Why North Korean tardiness is not the same thing as laziness

Tatiana Gabroussenko August 15, 2014

The misfortunes of North Korean virtue

How Northern popular culture inculcates selflessness, humility and other traits that serve defectors poorly

Tatiana Gabroussenko June 24, 2014

In search of miracles and substitutes: North Korea's potato revolution

"The potato is good for people’s health" – Comrade Kim Jong Il

Tatiana Gabroussenko February 13, 2014

In search for miracles and substitutes: reform in the DPRK

Masik Pass, the latest in a long line of quick fix solutions.

Tatiana Gabroussenko January 27, 2014