August 13, 2022

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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The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture

The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture

The late 1980s saw the movement of the ‘good foreigner,’ including from Japan, in Northern works

The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko February 17, 2016
Social criticism in North Korean cinematography

Social criticism in North Korean cinematography

Films noted the persistent problems in Kim Il Sungist society – but avoided real causes

Social criticism in North Korean cinematography
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 19, 2016
North Korean cinematography’s successful debut

North Korean cinematography’s successful debut

Oddly, a competently made 1949 film preceeded decades of North Korean cinematic schlock

North Korean cinematography’s successful debut
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko December 16, 2015
North Koreans in the city: clash of work ethics

North Koreans in the city: clash of work ethics

Why North Korean tardiness is not the same thing as laziness

North Koreans in the city: clash of work ethics
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko August 15, 2014
The misfortunes of North Korean virtue

The misfortunes of North Korean virtue

How Northern popular culture inculcates selflessness, humility and other traits that serve defectors poorly

The misfortunes of North Korean virtue
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko June 24, 2014
Misinterpreting North Korea’s gestures of passion

Misinterpreting North Korea’s gestures of passion

Grand spontaneous displays show sincerity, not fanaticism, in the North's culture

Misinterpreting North Korea’s gestures of passion
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko March 13, 2014
In search of miracles and substitutes: North Korea’s potato revolution

In search of miracles and substitutes: North Korea’s potato revolution

"The potato is good for people’s health" – Comrade Kim Jong Il

In search of miracles and substitutes: North Korea’s potato revolution
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko February 13, 2014
In search for miracles and substitutes: reform in the DPRK

In search for miracles and substitutes: reform in the DPRK

Masik Pass, the latest in a long line of quick fix solutions.

In search for miracles and substitutes: reform in the DPRK
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 27, 2014
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