May 29, 2024

Culture

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

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Experts say state media coverage seeks to ‘humanize’ the leader, regardless of whether the tears are genuine or theater

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 13, 2023
From Moscow to Pyongyang: North Korea pivots back toward the Soviet side
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From Moscow to Pyongyang: North Korea pivots back toward the Soviet side

The DPRK repaired ties with USSR after cozying up to Beijing, and Moscow provided aid despite distaste for regime

From Moscow to Pyongyang: North Korea pivots back toward the Soviet side
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 12, 2023
Famous French actor made obscene remarks about women during North Korea trip

Famous French actor made obscene remarks about women during North Korea trip

Footage in new documentary shows Gérard Depardieu directed lewd comments toward DPRK guide and even a child in 2018

Famous French actor made obscene remarks about women during North Korea trip
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 8, 2023
North Korea launches rocket toy set that closely copies Lego model

North Korea launches rocket toy set that closely copies Lego model

New toys feature similar logo, figurines and more in what appears to be DPRK’s latest knockoff of foreign products

North Korea launches rocket toy set that closely copies Lego model
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 8, 2023
Ask A North Korean: Are there private academies and tutors in the DPRK?

Ask A North Korean: Are there private academies and tutors in the DPRK?

North Koreans are passionate about education, and like in South Korea, a fever for private instruction has taken hold

Ask A North Korean: Are there private academies and tutors in the DPRK?
Jin December 8, 2023
State media review: North Korea to hold major political meeting to wrap up year
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State media review: North Korea to hold major political meeting to wrap up year

An in-depth analysis of politburo decisions, commentaries on US and ROK, progress on housing projects and more

State media review: North Korea to hold major political meeting to wrap up year
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung December 7, 2023
Send kids to hard labor to fight foreign influence, Kim Jong Un tells moms

Send kids to hard labor to fight foreign influence, Kim Jong Un tells moms

North Korean leader declares ‘intensifying’ campaign against youth exposure to outside culture

Send kids to hard labor to fight foreign influence, Kim Jong Un tells moms
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 5, 2023
Kim Jong Un lectures moms on ‘growing’ issue of errant youth, falling birth rate

Kim Jong Un lectures moms on ‘growing’ issue of errant youth, falling birth rate

North Korean leader and top male officials call for women to raise kids loyal to regime at national mothers’ meeting

Kim Jong Un lectures moms on ‘growing’ issue of errant youth, falling birth rate
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 4, 2023
Kim Jong Un’s daughter rocks Gucci shades despite crackdown on bourgeois culture

Kim Jong Un’s daughter rocks Gucci shades despite crackdown on bourgeois culture

Expert says luxury brands are status symbol for North Korean elite but that sanctions likely limit import of new lines

Kim Jong Un’s daughter rocks Gucci shades despite crackdown on bourgeois culture
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 1, 2023
Pyongyang’s playbook: How North Korea turned sports into tool for regime control

Pyongyang’s playbook: How North Korea turned sports into tool for regime control

DPRK’s athletic success is product of decades of effort to assert state power and boost military readiness through sport

Pyongyang’s playbook: How North Korea turned sports into tool for regime control
Yong Ja Hong
Yong Ja Hong December 1, 2023
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