September 17, 2021

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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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Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents

Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents

A North Korean radio drama gives important insights into growing generational divides inside the country

Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko September 13, 2021
When North Korean doctors stood up to the government against overwork

When North Korean doctors stood up to the government against overwork

Medical doctors argued the Cheollima labor campaign would harm public health, but the regime responded with hostility

When North Korean doctors stood up to the government against overwork
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko July 28, 2021
North Korean serial ‘Echo of Hallasan’ spins Jeju massacre into tale of unity

North Korean serial ‘Echo of Hallasan’ spins Jeju massacre into tale of unity

The 2002 TV production showcases a shift in tone toward South Korea during the Sunshine Policy era

North Korean serial ‘Echo of Hallasan’ spins Jeju massacre into tale of unity
Short satirical films are a window into North Korean society

Short satirical films are a window into North Korean society

The genre eschews big social topics in favor of humorous, entertaining critiques of everyday problems

Short satirical films are a window into North Korean society
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko June 21, 2021
A “New Spring” of culture in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea

A “New Spring” of culture in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea

Brief period of relaxed censorship produced rich literature like Chon Se Bong’s 1958 novel

A “New Spring” of culture in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea
All glamor, no edge? North Korean music is going back to conservative values

All glamor, no edge? North Korean music is going back to conservative values

North Korea's most recent Lunar New Year's concert signals a return to more traditional tastes

All glamor, no edge? North Korean music is going back to conservative values
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko February 18, 2021
Why Kim Jong Un couldn’t be bothered with more ‘on-the-spot’ guidances in 2020
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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

Why Kim Jong Un couldn’t be bothered with more ‘on-the-spot’ guidances in 2020
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko December 25, 2020
North Korea has a pop culture obsession with potatoes, and it’s a dangerous sign

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

North Korea has a pop culture obsession with potatoes, and it’s a dangerous sign
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 10, 2020
How North Korea rebranded its most iconic poet into a Kim-worshipping fanboy

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

How North Korea rebranded its most iconic poet into a Kim-worshipping fanboy
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko October 28, 2020
North Korea modernizes its YouTube propaganda, but with an extra feminine touch

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

North Korea modernizes its YouTube propaganda, but with an extra feminine touch
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko October 1, 2020
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