Tag: North Korea

Dystopian Fiction at Santa Sabina College 2017

In a special two-part workshop at Santa Sabina in mid-2017, I had the honour of working with an incredible cohort of Year 10 English students. To begin, I delivered a one hour lecture that offered a brief overview of the

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Communism and Faith in North Korea

On the 18th of June 2017, I was invited to speak at the St. James’ Institute in Sydney, alongside the Hon. Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. The St. James’ Institute

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Thae Yong-ho & the Politics of Speech

NOTE: My colleagues at Sino-NK kindly invited me to revise and expand this blog post for publication at their site. The revised post may be found here. In 2016, North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho defected from the DPRK Embassy in

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Book Review: Sandra Fahy’s Marching Through Suffering: Loss & Survival in North Korea

Writing in the The New York Times, former North Korean counter-intelligence officer and poet Jang Jin-sung observed that his decision to flee the DPRK was precipitated by a realization “that there are two North Koreas: one real and the other a

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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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Northern Korea: Other Writings

Writing: Christopher Richardson, “Book Review: The Real North Korea: Life & Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia,” Australian Journal of International Affairs 68, no. 3 (2014): 377-378. Christopher Richardson, “Reflections on Yodok Stories,” Asia Rights: Journal of Human Rights, Media

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