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

By: Hassig, Ralph.
Contributor(s): Oh, Kongdan.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015Edition: 2nd ed.Description: 1 online resource (253 p.).ISBN: 9781442237193.Subject(s): Korea (North) -- Social life and customs | Korea (North)--Economic conditions | Korea (North)--Politics and government--1994-2011 | Korea (North)--Politics and government--2011- | Korea (North)--Social conditionsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Hidden People of North Korea : Everyday Life in the Hermit KingdomDDC classification: 951.9305 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface to the Second Edition; CHAPTER ONE. Introduction: Land of Illusions; CHAPTER TWO. The Country of the Three Kims; CHAPTER THREE. The Struggling National Economy; CHAPTER FOUR. The Emerging People's Economy; CHAPTER FIVE. Propaganda, News, and South Korean Soap Operas; CHAPTER SIX. Public Declarations and Private Thoughts; CHAPTER SEVEN. The Human Rights Deficit; CHAPTER EIGHT. Silent Defectors; CHAPTER NINE. Faint Light at the End of the Tunnel; Notes; Index; About the Authors
Summary: <span><span>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 secretive, oppressed, and hungry world few outsiders can imagine. </span></span><br /><span><span> </span></span>
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Contents; Preface to the Second Edition; CHAPTER ONE. Introduction: Land of Illusions; CHAPTER TWO. The Country of the Three Kims; CHAPTER THREE. The Struggling National Economy; CHAPTER FOUR. The Emerging People's Economy; CHAPTER FIVE. Propaganda, News, and South Korean Soap Operas; CHAPTER SIX. Public Declarations and Private Thoughts; CHAPTER SEVEN. The Human Rights Deficit; CHAPTER EIGHT. Silent Defectors; CHAPTER NINE. Faint Light at the End of the Tunnel; Notes; Index; About the Authors

<span><span>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 secretive, oppressed, and hungry world few outsiders can imagine. </span></span><br /><span><span> </span></span>

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Hassig (retired, psychology, Univ. of Maryland University College) and Oh (Institute for Defense Analyses) give a panoramic view of this hermit nation. It is probably the most comprehensive work currently available because it covers almost every aspect of life in this isolated society. The authors provide rich data in their examination of the three-generation Kim regime to let readers understand its historical development, its tight political control over its citizens, and its failures in agriculture, health care, other economic areas, and international relationships. More important, based on surveys and interviews with numerous northern defectors, the authors illustrate the lives of ordinary people in the north, such as how they cope with their daily lives under political control, how they doggedly try to survive during natural and economic hardships, and how they perceive the Kim regime and the outside world. Most important, the authors emphasize the change of people in the change of a regime. Continuous exposure to external information is the most important way for North Koreans to better understand their lives under dictatorship and broaden their perceptions of the outside world, which will eventually lead to fundamental changes in the nation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Andrew Y. Lee, George Mason University

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