Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).
"A revealing look into North Korea"
Spies and smugglers in the shadowy underworld of the China-North Korea border.
Den fascinerende beretning om det halve år, hvor en journalist underviste den nordkoreanske elites sønner i engelsk. Den amerikanske journalist Suki Kim er født og opvokset i Sydkorea og har altid vaeret optaget af Nordkorea, hvor en del af hendes familiemedlemmer uheldigvis boede, da landet blev delt i to. Da hun i 2011 får mulighed for at tage til landet sammen med en kristen organisation, der skal undervise elitens sønner i engelsk, slår hun til med det samme.
As a virtual prison state, North Korea is a place where the act of journalism is nearly impossible. Talking to citizens will get you nothing more than the party line, and most information about North Korea is related by Western journalists, who either visit the country on brief press junkets or record and repackage the unverifiable accounts of defectors.
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