August 10, 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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End of an era: Choe Chang Su, the North Korean “people’s actor,” passes away

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

End of an era: Choe Chang Su, the North Korean “people’s actor,” passes away
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko February 26, 2020
Unconverted political prisoners, and inter-Korean romance, in DPRK fiction

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

Unconverted political prisoners, and inter-Korean romance, in DPRK fiction
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 31, 2020
Changing narratives of adoption in North Korean mass culture

Changing narratives of adoption in North Korean mass culture

Following the famine of the 1990s, North Korean films increasingly promoted individuals adopting orphaned children

Changing narratives of adoption in North Korean mass culture
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko December 20, 2019
Shaking the people’s paradise: Ri Chung Gu’s subversive North Korean anti-heroes

Shaking the people’s paradise: Ri Chung Gu’s subversive North Korean anti-heroes

Reflecting the changing times, one DPRK writer sought to portray more believable juche apostates

Shaking the people’s paradise: Ri Chung Gu’s subversive North Korean anti-heroes
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko October 21, 2019
“Kings of the country”: growing up in North Korea isn’t always as bad as you’d think

“Kings of the country”: growing up in North Korea isn’t always as bad as you’d think

Children in the DPRK enjoy more freedom and less mollycoddling from parents than kids in the West

“Kings of the country”: growing up in North Korea isn’t always as bad as you’d think
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko September 18, 2019
“Brothers”: the banned North Korean-Soviet film ruined by Juche politics

“Brothers”: the banned North Korean-Soviet film ruined by Juche politics

A jointly-produced movie, the first of its kind, showed just how strict the DPRK really was

“Brothers”: the banned North Korean-Soviet film ruined by Juche politics
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko August 13, 2019
Dangerous myths: why North Korean culture idolizes the Koguryo period

Dangerous myths: why North Korean culture idolizes the Koguryo period

DPRK-made cartoons often distort historical reality and perpetuate nationalist falsehoods

Dangerous myths: why North Korean culture idolizes the Koguryo period
Domestic strivers as anti-heroines: household chores in North Korean movies

Domestic strivers as anti-heroines: household chores in North Korean movies

DPRK official culture long treated women's work at home as second class

Domestic strivers as anti-heroines: household chores in North Korean movies
“Flames”: how an unusual tale of North Korean romance pushed the boundaries

“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

“Flames”: how an unusual tale of North Korean romance pushed the boundaries
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko March 20, 2019
Socialism with a human face? North Korea’s brief, but impactful, cultural “thaw”

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

Socialism with a human face? North Korea’s brief, but impactful, cultural “thaw”
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 28, 2019