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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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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‘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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In 2013 I Co-Direc­t­ed Panop­tic Per­spec­tives: Voic­es in Exile with Pro­fes­sor Kyung­mook Kim, Dr Markus Bell, Dr Sohoon Lee, & Vanes­sa Danielsen at ANU, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, and Syd­ney Cheil Church (Con­cord). The fes­ti­val explored North Kore­an pro­pa­gan­da, arts, …

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