Most North Koreans don’t use the word “puberty.”
The facade of a communist economy fading away on the waters of Chongjin.
Kimchi season in Hyesan: When whole cabbages aren’t accessible, people collect the fallen leaves of the cabbages.
Old Koryo artifacts are displaced from their burial grounds in North Korea and traded off to China.
Artist Song Byeok was a poster artist at a steel factory in Hwanghae Province, who escaped North Korea out of hunger and desperation.
One perk of being a soldier in North Korea is receiving letters from young students.
North Korean exiles recall winters back home.
“The salt wasn’t mere superstition for us. Through experience, we had realized that belief in the regime was the really empty superstition.”
The petty tales of romance and drama carried by the “recorders” are opening up a new world for the people inside North Korea, little by little.
“In South Korea, when I call myself a North Korean human rights advocate, many people label me as “a conservative” or “a reactionary idiot.” I say, pointing out human rights issues and fighting to improve them is not a “conservative” thing to do. It is not “conservative” to oppose the totalitarian regime and the imprisonment camps.”