Category Archive: Shirley Lee

North Korea’s peasant army gets ready to farm, not wage war

The Daily Guardian

 

SEOUL – As a North Korean army signaler near the tense sea border with the South, Lee So-yeon was given live ammunition and a steel helmet during a 1993 crisis, but soon found herself back doing what she and her comrades did most – farming.

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THE 10 THINGS NO NORTH KOREAN CAN LIVE WITHOUT

NK News.org

by Shirley Lee

 

PORTABLE SAUNAS, FAKE MOBILE PHONES, SKINNY JEANS AND CONDOMS ALL FEATURE HIGH ON OUR SURPRISING LIST.

 

What is that North Koreans really want? Stability? Freedom? MacBooks? Starbucks? These are the kind of questions that keep NK NEWS awake at night.

 

Seo Young-seok spent two weeks in the North Korea border regions of China, a place buzzing with North Korean traders coming in and out of the country. He found out first hand what it is that right now North Koreans really want, and the results are surprising. Click here to read more »

“SOAP OPERAS TAUGHT ME TO BE A MAN!” – HOW NORTH KOREA’S DON JUAN LEARNED TO LOVE

by Seo Young-seok and Shirley Lee

 

Kim Jin-myung escaped from North Korea just last year. He is known by his friends for his sensitivity to women – a trait that isn’t considered very characteristic of North Korean men. In fact, many tease him for being more sensitive to women than any South Korean man. When asked about the secret behind this trait, Jin-myung replied, “While in North Korea, I tried to make myself like the main characters in South Korean soap operas. I thought that all South Korean men were more sensitive to women’s needs than North Korean men.” Smiling wryly, he added, “But I found that men are only sensitive in soap operas!”

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KIM JONG UN’S NEW YEAR SPEECH: WHAT IT REALLY MEANS (PART 2 OF 2) NORTH KOREA’S FORMER POET LAUREATE TAKES A LOOK AT KIM JONG UN’S NEW YEARS SPEECH – IT SEEMS THIS YEAR IS ALL ABOUT STRENGTHENING LEGITIMACY, NOT ECONOMIC REFORM OR BOLD FOREIGN POLICY.

NK News.org

by Jang Jin-sung

 

North Korea’s vision for 2013: as seen through Kim Jong Un’s new year speech

Kim Jong Un’s new year speech contains two thematic halves. The first half summarizes the events and accomplishments of 2012 while the second half lays down objectives for the year ahead. The summary of 2012 boasts of the nation’s political stability and unity after Kim Jong-il’s death. It also pays special attention to the successful rocket launch. The most important part of a new year speech, however, is the second half, in which objectives are set for the coming year. Traditionally, this section is divided into five parts and this year’s speech is no exception.

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Korea’s south bank show

The World Today, Volume 68, Number 11

Shirley Lee

 

‘We have a prediction problem. We love to predict things – and we aren’t very good at it.’ These are the words of the statistician superstar Nate Silver, one of the few men in the world who actually does not have a prediction problem: he correctly forecast the results of the 2012 US presidential election in all 50 states.

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Liu Xiaobo: You Wait For Me With Dust

This poem was first published in the Asia Literary Review in December 2010. It was translated from the Chinese by Zheng Danyi, Shirley Lee and Martin Alexander in September 2010. It featured with Charter 08 in the World-Wide Readings on the 20th March, organised by the Berlin Literature Festival and Authors for Peace. It was read in 34 countries and re-translated into fifteen other languages.

 

The photograph of the Goddess of Democracy in Tiananmen Square, taken on the 4th June 1989, the day of the massacre, is by Harry Mayesh.