North Korea's Hidden Revolution

North Korea's Hidden Revolution

How the Information Underground Is Transforming A Closed Society

Book - 2016
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The story of North Korea's information underground and how it inspires people to seek better lives beyond their country's borders

One of the least understood countries in the world, North Korea has long been known for its repressive regime. Yet it is far from being an impenetrable black box. Media flows covertly into the country, and fault lines are appearing in the government's sealed informational borders. Drawing on deeply personal interviews with North Korean defectors from all walks of life, ranging from propaganda artists to diplomats, Jieun Baek tells the story of North Korea's information underground--the network of citizens who take extraordinary risks by circulating illicit content such as foreign films, television shows, soap operas, books, and encyclopedias. By fostering an awareness of life outside North Korea and enhancing cultural knowledge, the materials these citizens disseminate are affecting the social and political consciousness of a people, as well as their everyday lives.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780300217810
Branch Call Number: 302.23095193 Bae
Characteristics: xxvi, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Apr 24, 2017

A comprehensive introduction not only to information sharing in North Korea, but also North Korean culture and history in general. Ample first-person stories from people from a variety of backgrounds lend strong weight to Baek's arguments.

This book is a needed addition to my must-read list of recommendations for anyone interested in learning more about North Korea beyond failed missile tests, alongside (and possibly even supplanting) similar title Nothing to Envy about everyday life in the DPRK. While Nothing to Envy has a slightly broader scope, it is somewhat dated in comparison. (This book should also pair well with my follow-up suggestion of Without You, There Is No Us.)

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