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The reader feels as if he is in Chongjin, where starving people ate the bark off trees; or atop Mount Taesong with the elite of…
I thought that, with so much current attention focused on the topic of North Korea, I might share what I think are three books which…
The death of dictator Kim Jong-Il has cast all eyes on North Korea, a country without literature or freedom or truth.
I know it really sounds cheesy, but I did feel a duty to try to tell the stories of people who couldn’t speak for themselves.
Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read…
For an entire populace, change, growth, and spontaneity were dangerous. Acting upon a personal desire, whispering a hidden longing, revealing your true feelings – all…
It’s true. In America, you can reinvent yourself at any turn. And, you know, if things aren’t going well for you in life, everyone says,…
I’d known that the visit would be highly scripted and that genuine interactions with citizens wouldn’t be possible, since it’s illegal for them to speak…
In America, the stories we tell ourselves and we tell each other in fiction have to do with individualism. Every person here is the center…
But, in North Korea, it’s just the opposite. There’s one story. It’s written by the Kim regime. And 23 million people are conscripted to be…
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