Sersong Han was born and raised in Pyongyang before defecting to South Korea in 2014.
The Kim regime heavily restricts artists, but South Korean culture shines a light on what the Koreas share in common
Private markets have introduced new perspectives, but the dictatorship means few place much stock on social progress
Some adjust faster than others to a capitalist lifestyle, even when it causes tensions with those closest to us
DPRK society insists individuals live for collective, but people in the South can explore their own interests
People risk their lives to enjoy foreign music that explores love, memories and other themes absent from official songs
Fashion police hammer down the nail that sticks out, but people still find subtle ways to display their own style
Most funeral services take place in people’s homes and differ in other ways from ceremonies in the South
Atomization in South Korea makes it difficult to express one's feelings, whereas people in the DPRK say what they think
DPRK regards military athletes as akin to combatants in war, and the results can be fatal
One of the few defectors to escape by sea tells the story of how he and his father pulled it off
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