North Korean Culture

Kevin Chong, writer

What I'm listening to: the same Johnny Cash CD has been in my car for months, but a friend has turned me on to Tinariwen, a band from the Sahara. I also picked up new albums by Kurt Vile and Holly McNarland.

Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am

HK$233,472 to use the Web? Life in the hermit kingdom

Accessing the internet is a distant dream for North Korean citizens and an expensive luxury for visiting foreigners - as a group of journalists found out last week.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Also showing: Uli Gaulke

Uli Gaulke's new documentary might be about film projectionists from four countries, but the limelight seems destined to fall on just one.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A Corpse in the Koryo

A Corpse in the Koryo

by James Church

Thomas Dunne/St Martin's Minotaur, HK$187

4 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Not exactly the happiest kingdom of them all

North Korea has such a high profile these days because of its nuclear weapons programme, it's difficult not to wonder what day-to-day life in the Stalinist hermit kingdom is like. Because journalists are generally barred from entering the country, information like that isn't easy to come by.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Pyongyang's small steps to capitalism

The nation's top university is teaching western economics - a sign reforms are gaining hold, says Seoul report

Students at North Korea's top university are studying capitalist market principles as part of broad-based economic reforms introduced in the communist country in recent years.

24 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Kitschy kitschy coup

THINK NORTH KOREAN art and you might imagine towering statues of the country's 'eternal president', Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994. Or perhaps social-realist murals urging workers to achieve ever greater feats of Stakhanovite-like industrial output.

5 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Berlin sets up cultural centre in N Korea

Germany has become the first western nation to open a cultural centre in North Korea, enabling citizens of the isolated country to learn about Bauhaus architecture and the poetry of Goethe.

3 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Mobile phones the enemy in North's battle to keep control

THE SCENE IS a smoke-filled room in the Yalu River Hotel, a dingy hostel in Sinuiju, North Korea, across the river from the Chinese city of Dandong.

Several foreign journalists have invited their government minders to a game of pool, washed down by sweet local beer, the only entertainment left at 10 o'clock in the evening, to wash away the mutual irritations of the day.

30 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

North Korean food aid

North Korea's leaders are desperate for food aid but remain unrepentant in clinging to their juche ideology of self-reliance, said US Senator Max Baucus after a visit to Pyongyang this week.

He said the capital appeared to be suffering power shortages and crop conditions 'did not look the best' from the air.

30 May 1997 - 12:00am