February 25, 2024

Culture

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

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean surfs the internet for the first time

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean surfs the internet for the first time

Online world can be overwhelming at first, but defectors quickly discover value of access to a world of information

Settling in Seoul: A North Korean surfs the internet for the first time
Jin March 23, 2023
Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere

Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere

“Something About North Korea” promises firsthand account of French authors’ studies in DPRK but loses the thread

Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere
Stephen Mercado
Stephen Mercado March 22, 2023
Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korea I choose to remember

Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korea I choose to remember

While state police cut short my studies, I also experienced unforgettable beauty and kindness during my time in the DPRK

Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korea I choose to remember
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley March 22, 2023
How North Korea’s education fever has driven a boom in private tutoring
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How North Korea’s education fever has driven a boom in private tutoring

Academic achievement is increasingly important in DPRK for success, leading parents to spend heavily on illegal lessons

How North Korea’s education fever has driven a boom in private tutoring
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 21, 2023
The clumsy propaganda of North Korean radio plays

The clumsy propaganda of North Korean radio plays

Radio networks launched under Kim Jong Un try to win hearts and minds of South Koreans but are often comically inept

The clumsy propaganda of North Korean radio plays
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko March 20, 2023
North Korea says 800,000 youth join military to ‘wipe out’ the US and ROK

North Korea says 800,000 youth join military to ‘wipe out’ the US and ROK

Apparent escalation comes days after nuclear missile test as DPRK accuses allies of ‘crossing a line’

North Korea says 800,000 youth join military to ‘wipe out’ the US and ROK
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko March 18, 2023
Ask a North Korean: How did you learn to use a computer?

Ask a North Korean: How did you learn to use a computer?

Schools provide limited computer education to most students, and buying one requires submitting to strict state controls

Ask a North Korean: How did you learn to use a computer?
Joshua Kim March 17, 2023
State media review: North Korea says rusty American bombs threaten capital
NK PRO

State media review: North Korea says rusty American bombs threaten capital

An in-depth analysis of unexploded ordnance in Pyongyang, letter diplomacy with China, a new agriculture push and more

State media review: North Korea says rusty American bombs threaten capital
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung March 16, 2023
Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans

Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans

Autocratic regimes atomize communities and increase suspicion, but some spaces are safer for sharing illicit info

Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans
Peter Ward
Peter Ward | Steven Denney March 13, 2023
State media review: North Korea celebrates itself as a land of gender equality
NK PRO

State media review: North Korea celebrates itself as a land of gender equality

An in-depth analysis of Women’s Day celebrations, a law on cell phone use and agriculture amid a food crisis

State media review: North Korea celebrates itself as a land of gender equality
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung March 9, 2023
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