February 05, 2023

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

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

Feature-length commercials: N. Korean ideological dramas peddling products
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko December 18, 2018
How a Chongryon-made movie gave 1980s North Korea a glimpse of capitalist life

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

How a Chongryon-made movie gave 1980s North Korea a glimpse of capitalist life
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 14, 2018
How North Korea’s nascent consumerism has succeeded in toeing the party line

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

How North Korea’s nascent consumerism has succeeded in toeing the party line
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko October 17, 2018
Bureaucrats, whiners, and wild horses: industrial managers in North Korean TV

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

Bureaucrats, whiners, and wild horses: industrial managers in North Korean TV
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko September 13, 2018
“Do you envy it?” Why North Korean movies urged the people to idealize city life

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

In DPRK culture, modern technology always means happiness

“Do you envy it?” Why North Korean movies urged the people to idealize city life
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko July 23, 2018
Suspicious knowledge: foreign languages in North Korean culture

Suspicious knowledge: foreign languages in North Korean culture

Propaganda has traditionally portrayed those interested in life overseas with suspicion

Suspicious knowledge: foreign languages in North Korean culture