September 24, 2022

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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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Why animal cruelty is commonplace in North Korean popular culture

Why animal cruelty is commonplace in North Korean popular culture

While violence against humans is rare in DPRK art, films show animals as soulless creatures whose pain does not matter

Why animal cruelty is commonplace in North Korean popular culture
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko August 29, 2022
How North Korea is embracing more entertaining propaganda for the TikTok era

How North Korea is embracing more entertaining propaganda for the TikTok era

Mini documentaries and flashy missile launch videos show Pyongyang can adapt delivery, though messages remain the same

How North Korea is embracing more entertaining propaganda for the TikTok era
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko August 12, 2022
City boy, country girl: How one North Korean film tackles the urban-rural divide

City boy, country girl: How one North Korean film tackles the urban-rural divide

The story of a rich Pyongyang heir who falls for a patriotic girl from the provinces frankly showcases social inequality

City boy, country girl: How one North Korean film tackles the urban-rural divide
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko March 30, 2022
No god but the supreme leader: North Korea’s crusade against Christian boogeymen

No god but the supreme leader: North Korea’s crusade against Christian boogeymen

The DPRK views missionaries as a threat to state ideology, which functions like a religion centered on the Kim family

No god but the supreme leader: North Korea’s crusade against Christian boogeymen
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 24, 2022
The cruel tales and emotional exhibitionalism of North Korean children’s shows

The cruel tales and emotional exhibitionalism of North Korean children’s shows

Programs teach kids to hate and fear the outside world while promoting the virtues of dying for one's country

The cruel tales and emotional exhibitionalism of North Korean children’s shows
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 26, 2021
Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

While aimed at discouraging defection, a pair of DPRK films counterproductively exaggerates South Korea’s wealth

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 12, 2021
Snake oil: North Korea peddles folk cures as a panacea for all ills

Snake oil: North Korea peddles folk cures as a panacea for all ills

State media promotes traditional remedies as a substitute for modern medicine — but citizens don’t buy the hype

Snake oil: North Korea peddles folk cures as a panacea for all ills
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko October 28, 2021
Jesters in the king’s service: Standup comedy in North Korea

Jesters in the king’s service: Standup comedy in North Korea

Popular propaganda performers lampoon social vices, but their satirical barbs never stray toward dissent

Jesters in the king’s service: Standup comedy in North Korea
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko October 6, 2021
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
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