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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How N. Korean filmmakers turned to melodrama to win the youth for Juche

How N. Korean filmmakers turned to melodrama to win the youth for Juche

As attitudes began to change in the 1980s, DPRK filmmakers reached into the colonial past

How N. Korean filmmakers turned to melodrama to win the youth for Juche
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko March 1, 2018
Pyongyang pin-ups: North Korea’s film and TV beauties

Pyongyang pin-ups: North Korea’s film and TV beauties

In DPRK culture, big is beautiful and round faces are the must-have

Pyongyang pin-ups: North Korea’s film and TV beauties
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko February 7, 2018
Iron and rice: food culture in North Korean movies

Iron and rice: food culture in North Korean movies

Coverage of culinary affairs has often reflected changing economic realities in the DPRK

Iron and rice: food culture in North Korean movies
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko December 21, 2017
“By our own efforts”: self-sufficiency in North Korean culture of the 90s

“By our own efforts”: self-sufficiency in North Korean culture of the 90s

As trade with foreign powers dwindled, DPRK films encouraged citizens to skimp as much as they could

“By our own efforts”: self-sufficiency in North Korean culture of the 90s
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 29, 2017
Films for the beloved ones: the Gwangju Uprising in North Korean cinema

Films for the beloved ones: the Gwangju Uprising in North Korean cinema

Idealistic youth versus reactionary generals - it was a story too good for Pyongyang to ignore

Films for the beloved ones: the Gwangju Uprising in North Korean cinema
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 9, 2017
Labor of love: the Cheollima movement in North Korean film

Labor of love: the Cheollima movement in North Korean film

From the 1950s to the 1980s, DPRK cinema extolled the ideological benefits of hard work

Labor of love: the Cheollima movement in North Korean film
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko September 22, 2017
“Nation and Destiny”: the North Korean serial drama with the secret to unification

“Nation and Destiny”: the North Korean serial drama with the secret to unification

Dante's "Inferno," soy bean soup, and the road to redemption: this over 100-episode show has it all

“Nation and Destiny”: the North Korean serial drama with the secret to unification
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko August 16, 2017
“Friendship movies”: Chinese characters in North Korean film

“Friendship movies”: Chinese characters in North Korean film

Despite fraternal relations, the Chinese are portrayed as rude, buffoonish, and uncivilized

“Friendship movies”: Chinese characters in North Korean film
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko July 12, 2017
“Common love for a big rocket”: North Korean missile tests in film and TV

“Common love for a big rocket”: North Korean missile tests in film and TV

From an Olympic athlete to a bickering family, rocket launches are portrayed as a unifying good

“Common love for a big rocket”: North Korean missile tests in film and TV
“Trust the metal scrap to me”: a thriller, North Korean style

“Trust the metal scrap to me”: a thriller, North Korean style

The film, a cautionary tale about scrap metal, borders on the surreal

“Trust the metal scrap to me”: a thriller, North Korean style
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko April 21, 2017