June 10, 2023

Culture

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

More North Koreans sticking mysterious objects on face masks, state media shows

More North Koreans sticking mysterious objects on face masks, state media shows

Mask accessories could be indicator of COVID vaccination or other health status, though their purpose remains unclear

More North Koreans sticking mysterious objects on face masks, state media shows
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 23, 2023
State media review: North Korea rejects humanitarian aid as ‘poison candy’
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State media review: North Korea rejects humanitarian aid as ‘poison candy’

An in-depth analysis of calls to resist outside help, praise for a new greenhouse farm, an animated love story and more

State media review: North Korea rejects humanitarian aid as ‘poison candy’
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung February 23, 2023
Pyongyang Chronicles: A modern-day Judas at Kim Il Sung University

Pyongyang Chronicles: A modern-day Judas at Kim Il Sung University

An early friendship ends with betrayal, demonstrating how the North Korean system begets hypocrisy and doublethink

Pyongyang Chronicles: A modern-day Judas at Kim Il Sung University
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley February 23, 2023
North Korean ferry capsized near Wonsan naval base, satellite imagery shows

North Korean ferry capsized near Wonsan naval base, satellite imagery shows

Ship appears to have been docked closer to city center before being moved, suggesting unrepairable issue

North Korean ferry capsized near Wonsan naval base, satellite imagery shows
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll February 20, 2023
‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea

‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea

The famous defector’s claims may appeal to some but risk undermining her message on North Korean human rights

‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 16, 2023
State media review: Kim Jong Un snaps a photo with pro-military ‘activists’
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State media review: Kim Jong Un snaps a photo with pro-military ‘activists’

An in-depth analysis of efforts to promote national defense, a meeting on reforestation, Kim Jong Il’s birthday and more

State media review: Kim Jong Un snaps a photo with pro-military ‘activists’
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung February 16, 2023
North Korea sends 100,000 youth to work at new mega project in capital

North Korea sends 100,000 youth to work at new mega project in capital

Large-scale mobilization appears to be latest effort to lean on young people to fill resources shortages

North Korea sends 100,000 youth to work at new mega project in capital
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 13, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?

People risk their lives to enjoy foreign music that explores love, memories and other themes absent from official songs

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to listen to K-pop for the first time?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han February 13, 2023
State media review: North Korea sends condolences to Syria, Turkey after quakes
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State media review: North Korea sends condolences to Syria, Turkey after quakes

An in-depth analysis of Kim Jong Un’s letter to Assad, satellite criticism, army anniversary celebrations and more

State media review: North Korea sends condolences to Syria, Turkey after quakes
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung February 10, 2023
Kim Jong Un’s elite photographers spare no expense to get the best shot
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Kim Jong Un’s elite photographers spare no expense to get the best shot

Leader’s news team uses expensive and potentially sanctioned hardware, while taking pains to conceal digital footprints

Kim Jong Un’s elite photographers spare no expense to get the best shot
Ángel García
Ángel García February 8, 2023
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