March 22, 2023


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.


The clumsy propaganda of North Korean radio plays

Radio networks launched under Kim Jong Un try to win hearts and minds of South Koreans but are often comically inept

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoMarch 20, 2023

A kinder, gentler North Korea? How the DPRK’s popular culture embraced humanism

Amid unprecedented hardships, several films and dramas promoted a surprising spirit of acceptance and forgiveness

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoJanuary 23, 2023

International affairs: How North Korean films portray cross-cultural romance

North Korea remains an ethnocentric state in which a person of non-Korean blood can never be an equal member of society

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoDecember 7, 2022

Why animal cruelty is commonplace in North Korean popular culture

While violence against humans is rare in DPRK art, films show animals as soulless creatures whose pain does not matter

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoAugust 29, 2022

How North Korea is embracing more entertaining propaganda for the TikTok era

Mini documentaries and flashy missile launch videos show Pyongyang can adapt delivery, though messages remain the same

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoAugust 12, 2022

City boy, country girl: How one North Korean film tackles the urban-rural divide

The story of a rich Pyongyang heir who falls for a patriotic girl from the provinces frankly showcases social inequality

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoMarch 30, 2022

No god but the supreme leader: North Korea’s crusade against Christian boogeymen

The DPRK views missionaries as a threat to state ideology, which functions like a religion centered on the Kim family

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoJanuary 24, 2022

The cruel tales and emotional exhibitionalism of North Korean children’s shows

Programs teach kids to hate and fear the outside world while promoting the virtues of dying for one's country

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoNovember 26, 2021

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

While aimed at discouraging defection, a pair of DPRK films counterproductively exaggerates South Korea’s wealth

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoNovember 12, 2021

Snake oil: North Korea peddles folk cures as a panacea for all ills

State media promotes traditional remedies as a substitute for modern medicine — but citizens don’t buy the hype

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoOctober 28, 2021
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