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Ask a North Korean: What’s different about food in North and South Korea?
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: What’s different about food in North and South Korea?

Most in DPRK worry about whether they can eat rather than what, but some dishes still elicit nostalgia for defectors

Ask a North Korean: What’s different about food in North and South Korea?
Jin August 7, 2023
State media review: North Korea says people overflowing with pride after parade
Analysis

State media review: North Korea says people overflowing with pride after parade

An in-depth analysis of military parade aftermath, criticism of ROK human rights, tourist area renovations and more

State media review: North Korea says people overflowing with pride after parade
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung August 2, 2023
State media review: North Korea claims ‘victory’ over US averted World War III
Analysis

State media review: North Korea claims ‘victory’ over US averted World War III

An in-depth review of celebrations for a Korean War anniversary, justifications for nuke development and a new TV show

State media review: North Korea claims ‘victory’ over US averted World War III
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung July 27, 2023
Kim Jong Un approves first paintings of himself in boost to personality cult
News

Kim Jong Un approves first paintings of himself in boost to personality cult

North Korean leader shown riding white horse and getting muddy next to luxurious Lexus SUV at state art exhibition

Kim Jong Un approves first paintings of himself in boost to personality cult
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko July 26, 2023
Strange structure appears in Pyongyang as North Korea preps for military parade
Analysis

Strange structure appears in Pyongyang as North Korea preps for military parade

Installation near Arch of Triumph may be for staging new weapons, while firework tubes point to nighttime event

Strange structure appears in Pyongyang as North Korea preps for military parade
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko July 24, 2023
Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee
Ask A North Korean

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee

The Kim regime heavily restricts artists, but South Korean culture shines a light on what the Koreas share in common

Settling in Seoul: The movies and books that influenced a North Korean escapee
Sersong Han July 21, 2023
State media review: North Korea hypes ‘victory’ over US ahead of major holiday
Analysis

State media review: North Korea hypes ‘victory’ over US ahead of major holiday

An in-depth review of preparations for Korean War anniversary, extreme weather, a travelog bashing Buddhism and more

State media review: North Korea hypes ‘victory’ over US ahead of major holiday
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung July 20, 2023
Why North Korean films depict foreigners as ditsy Kim family worshipers
Features

Why North Korean films depict foreigners as ditsy Kim family worshipers

State narratives twist history to avoid glorifying outsiders, portraying even Soviet heroes as dependent on DPRK peers

Why North Korean films depict foreigners as ditsy Kim family worshipers
Tatiana GabroussenkoTatiana Gabroussenko July 17, 2023
Ask a North Korean: Are alcoholism and drunk driving major problems in the DPRK?
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: Are alcoholism and drunk driving major problems in the DPRK?

The regime treats drinking as a ‘political cancer,’ but alcohol is the only way for many to escape their harsh reality

Ask a North Korean: Are alcoholism and drunk driving major problems in the DPRK?
Joshua Kim July 14, 2023
State media review: Heavy rains hit North Korea’s agricultural heartland
Analysis

State media review: Heavy rains hit North Korea’s agricultural heartland

An in-depth review of disaster mitigation, celebrations for a China-DPRK defense treaty, mask-wearing trends and more

State media review: Heavy rains hit North Korea’s agricultural heartland