Tag: North Korea

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 …

Dystopian Fiction at Santa Sabina College 2017 Read More »

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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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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 …

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

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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 …

Hagiography of the Kims & the Childhood of Saints: Kim Il Sung Read More »

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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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