Category: North Korean Children’s Culture

Hagiography of the Kims & the Childhood of Saints: Kim Il Sung

Over at Sino-NK, you can now find the concluding installment of my two-part series, exploring the childhood hagiographies of the North Korean leaders. Last time, I considered the early life of Kim Jong Il, the “heaven-sent” boy destined to become

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North Korean Children’s Culture: Essays

Christopher Richardson, “Still Quite Fun to Read: An Introduction to North Korean Children’s Literature,” International Review of Korean Studies 10, no. 1 (2013): 117-136. Christopher Richardson, “Be Prepared! Reflections On The North Korean Children’s Union,” Sino-NK, 13 June 2013.  

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North Korean Children’s Culture in the Media

Articles: “North Korea’s Kim Dynasty: The Making of a Personality Cult,” Christopher Richardson, The Guardian, 16 February 2015. Interviews: “What does a children’s story by Kim Jong-il tell us about North Korea?” Interview with Dan Damon, BBC World Service, World Update,

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Hagiography of the Kims and the Childhood of Saints: Kim Jong-il

‘Through literature, art, song and ritual, North Korea meticulously embeds the childhoods of its leaders in the national consciousness. Imitating the medieval lives of saints, and apocryphal infancy narratives of Christ, the lives of the Great and Dear Leaders–known respectively

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