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
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
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
by James Church
Thomas Dunne/St Martin's Minotaur, HK$1874 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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 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