The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom
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The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom

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by Ralph Hassig, Kongdan Oh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742567184

ISBN-13: 9780742567184

Pub. Date: 11/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This unique book, now fully updated, provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of life in North Korea today. Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its

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This unique book, now fully updated, provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of life in North Korea today. Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its citizens' lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism. Weighing the very limited individual rights allowed, the authors illustrate how the political class system and the legal system serve solely as tools of the regime.

The key to understanding how the North Korean people live, the authors argue, is to realize that their only allowed role is to support Kim Jong-un, whose grandfather founded the country in the late 1940s. Still a cypher, Kim Jong-un, as did his father before him, controls his people by keeping them isolated and banning most foreigners. North Koreans remain hungry and oppressed, yet the outside world is slowly filtering in, and the book concludes by urging the United States to flood North Korea with information so that its people can make decisions based on truth rather than their dictator's ubiquitous propaganda.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742567184
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/16/2009
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
Chapter 1 Introduction: Land of Illusions
Chapter 2 The Country of the Three Kims
Chapter 3 The Struggling National Economy
Chapter 4 The Emerging People’s Economy
Chapter 5 Propaganda, News, and South Korean Soap Operas
Chapter 6 Public Declarations and Private Thoughts
Chapter 7 The Human Rights Deficit
Chapter 8 Silent Defectors
Chapter 9 Faint Light at the End of the Tunnel
Notes
Index
About the Authors

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