February 01, 2023

Culture

Information related to the North Korean culture and culture in North Korea

North Korean leaders’ unique gifts: From a signed basketball to stuffed turtle

North Korean leaders’ unique gifts: From a signed basketball to stuffed turtle

A new propaganda book showcases never-before-seen items that offer a window into DPRK’s relations with outside world

North Korean leaders’ unique gifts: From a signed basketball to stuffed turtle
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 31, 2023
Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite
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Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite

Pyongyang regards most who study abroad as Manchurian candidates that are fundamentally disloyal to the Kims

Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 30, 2023
Pyongyang streets empty but civilians still training for military parade: Images
NK PRO

Pyongyang streets empty but civilians still training for military parade: Images

Kim Jong Un appears to put millions under lockdown to ensure success of upcoming propaganda event

Pyongyang streets empty but civilians still training for military parade: Images
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko January 29, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of foreign countries?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of foreign countries?

Schools teach very little about the outside world as Kim regime focuses on nurturing pride for the DPRK above all

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think of foreign countries?
Jin
Jin January 27, 2023
State media review: North Korea celebrates Cold War capture of US ship
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State media review: North Korea celebrates Cold War capture of US ship

An in-depth analysis of the USS Pueblo crisis, Kim Jong Un’s two favorite schools, Lunar New Year festivities and more

State media review: North Korea celebrates Cold War capture of US ship
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung January 26, 2023
From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea

Propaganda predominates at Pyongyang’s foreign language bookstore, but some works offer a revealing look at the country

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson January 24, 2023
A kinder, gentler North Korea? How the DPRK’s popular culture embraced humanism

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

A kinder, gentler North Korea? How the DPRK’s popular culture embraced humanism
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 23, 2023
North Korean civilians start military parade training, imagery shows
NK PRO

North Korean civilians start military parade training, imagery shows

Timing of formation practice in Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday suggests parade only weeks away

North Korean civilians start military parade training, imagery shows
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko January 21, 2023
How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage
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How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage

DPRK schooling standards lag far behind South Korea, and money can be a major obstacle to academic success

How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 20, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?

Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?

Fashion police hammer down the nail that sticks out, but people still find subtle ways to display their own style

Ask a North Korean: How do people in the DPRK express individuality?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han January 20, 2023
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