Joshua is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. He was born and raised in North Korea and lived there until he defected in 2019. He now resides in South Korea.
The regime does not acknowledge gay and transgender people, but that does not mean they don’t exist in the DPRK
All men must enlist in local forces in case of the outbreak of war, and training is often brutal and unpredictable
Joshua Kim explains why citizens must criticize themselves and others and gives an example of what this looks like
The regime treats drinking as a ‘political cancer,’ but alcohol is the only way for many to escape their harsh reality
The mudfish is a key income source for many, but the state promotes such aquaculture even in ill-suited environments
Joshua Kim writes about marveling at Incheon airport, how Vietnam reminded him of the DPRK and more
Everyday expressions offer a window into how North Koreans think and see the world
Schools provide limited computer education to most students, and buying one requires submitting to strict state controls
Unapproved information reaches most corners of North Korea through fliers, radio broadcasts and even shark balloons
Few outside the capital can afford to eat out, while the most popular eateries are run out of people’s homes
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