April 13, 2024
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The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
Columns

The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders

Complex rules govern the display of images of the Kim family, which are treated like holy icons in a state religion

The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov April 25, 2023
Beyond cardboard characters: The evolution of North Korean defectors on screen
Features

Beyond cardboard characters: The evolution of North Korean defectors on screen

Hit shows like ‘Squid Game’ and ‘Money Heist’ show how ROK film and TV has moved past anti-communist tropes of the past

Beyond cardboard characters: The evolution of North Korean defectors on screen
Jason BechervaiseJason Bechervaise April 24, 2023
State media review: North Korea celebrates biggest holiday in subdued fashion
Analysis

State media review: North Korea celebrates biggest holiday in subdued fashion

An in-depth analysis of founding leader’s birthday, suspicious financial aid and criticism of ROK response to US leaks

State media review: North Korea celebrates biggest holiday in subdued fashion
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung April 20, 2023
Kim Jong Un opens first stage of 10,000-home construction project in Pyongyang
News

Kim Jong Un opens first stage of 10,000-home construction project in Pyongyang

Ceremony to mark Kim Il Sung’s birthday comes amid uneven progress on high-profile efforts to improve housing

Kim Jong Un opens first stage of 10,000-home construction project in Pyongyang
Shreyas ReddyShreyas Reddy April 17, 2023
North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter
Analysis

North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter

DPRK Today also deleted posts about someone with name Ju Ae in sign leadership sees big role for young girl

North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter
Martin WeiserMartin Weiser April 14, 2023
State media review: North Korea mobilizes celebrities to ‘arouse’ patriotism
Analysis

State media review: North Korea mobilizes celebrities to ‘arouse’ patriotism

An in-depth analysis of a new productivity campaign, law on scientific experts, Xi’s message to Kim Jong Un and more

State media review: North Korea mobilizes celebrities to ‘arouse’ patriotism
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung April 13, 2023
Music by ‘Queen of K-pop’ features in new North Korean propaganda vlog
News

Music by ‘Queen of K-pop’ features in new North Korean propaganda vlog

Tourism video targeting Chinese viewers uses BoA track despite DPRK’s crackdown on foreign media

Music by ‘Queen of K-pop’ features in new North Korean propaganda vlog
Ifang BremerIfang Bremer | Seung-Yeon Chung April 12, 2023
North Korea says ‘virgin girl soldier’ died for Kim Jong Un at construction site
News

North Korea says ‘virgin girl soldier’ died for Kim Jong Un at construction site

State media praises 18-year-old for following leader’s orders and rejecting rest after ‘emergency surgery'

North Korea says ‘virgin girl soldier’ died for Kim Jong Un at construction site
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko April 10, 2023
State media review: North Korean kids show loyalty to state by walking 215 miles
Analysis

State media review: North Korean kids show loyalty to state by walking 215 miles

An in-depth analysis of children’s cross-country pilgrimage, a new school year and the DPRK’s latest Cheonan denial

State media review: North Korean kids show loyalty to state by walking 215 miles
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung April 6, 2023
North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn
Analysis

North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn

Fans of K-pop and other South Korean content continue to risk life imprisonment and hard labor, new law shows

North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn
Martin WeiserMartin Weiser April 6, 2023