A float with statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il during a parade in September last year marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: AP

What North Korea is actually like: view of a US author in Pyongyang

  • Travis Jeppesen’s travel memoir is one of the better – albeit personal and anecdotal – introductions to the North Korea of today
  • He portrays North Koreans neither as brainwashed drones nor as helpless, abject figures whose humanity comes to light only via neo-colonial sympathy
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A float with statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il during a parade in September last year marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: AP
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