Society

Articles devoted to examining all aspects of North Korean society, particularly the daily lives of the country’s ordinary citizens.

Monday 10th April, 2017
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How effective are South Korean attempts to penetrate North Korea's media wall by radio?...

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Wednesday 8th March, 2017
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North Korea is one of the few countries in the world where International Women’s Day is a national holiday – well, sort of....

Monday 19th December, 2016
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North Korean police officers don't waste their time being polite to citizens. An insight into language and society in North Korea....

Thursday 3rd November, 2016
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As their financial situations worsen, 40-year-old mothers must sell their bodies to return home....

Monday 19th September, 2016
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High school students have been asked to spy on one another during a new round of propaganda lectures early September....

Wednesday 14th September, 2016
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This week is Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving holiday. North Koreans recall how they used to spend Chuseok back in their hometowns....

Friday 9th September, 2016
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In the era of informal market activity or the jangmadang generation of North Korea, it is almost essential for a woman to work. That means sending their children to North Korean private daycare....

Wednesday 7th September, 2016
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“Your face is as big as my fist!” In beauty-obsessed South Korea, this is a compliment; in North Korea, an insult....

Tuesday 6th September, 2016
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“Because North Korea is a very patriarchal society, I heard that the wives are very devoted to their husbands. Is that true?” South Korean men are taking an interest in North Korean women as poten...

Friday 19th August, 2016
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What are North Korean atheletes taught to say following their gold-medal wins?...

Thursday 18th August, 2016
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The story behind the lesser-known selfie between the North and South Korean women's archery team....