April 15, 2024


Tatiana Gabroussenko

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.


All glamor, no edge? North Korean music is going back to conservative values

North Korea's most recent Lunar New Year's concert signals a return to more traditional tastes

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoFebruary 18, 2021

Why Kim Jong Un couldn’t be bothered with more ‘on-the-spot’ guidances in 2020

It may be a North Korean tradition, but the young ruler is making his own leadership traditions this year

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoDecember 25, 2020

North Korea has a pop culture obsession with potatoes, and it’s a dangerous sign

DPRK state media has been replacing images of white rice — a symbol of prosperity — with the more humble spud

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoNovember 10, 2020

How North Korea rebranded its most iconic poet into a Kim-worshipping fanboy

The story of poet Cho Ki Cheon is another example of the DPRK rewriting its cultural icons into propagandic myths

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoOctober 28, 2020

North Korea modernizes its YouTube propaganda, but with an extra feminine touch

North Korea's new internet propaganda strategy seems to be placing its bets on a "girl next door" vibe

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoOctober 1, 2020

How North Korea’s Pungsan dog became a symbol of the country’s ‘proud spirit’

Pungsan dogs are said to be pure, spontaneous, and loyal to their leaders - just like a good North Korean should be

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoAugust 3, 2020

How North Korean pop culture is changing the narrative around the Korean War

Once ruthlessly unsentimental, Pyongyang may be slowly changing its tune

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoJuly 29, 2020

Respect your elders… or not: ageism in North Korean mass culture

Portrayals of the elderly have changed over the decades, and according to the political needs of the leadership

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoMay 20, 2020

Mad scientists, DPRK-style: geniuses on the North Korean screen

In the Kim Jong Il era, scientists were portrayed as devoted to their work and leader - even at the expense of family

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoApril 8, 2020

End of an era: Choe Chang Su, the North Korean “people’s actor,” passes away

Hailing from humble roots, Choe became a fixture of the DPRK silver screen under Kim Jong Il

Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana GabroussenkoFebruary 26, 2020
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