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The North Korean Parliamentary Session and Budget Report for 2017

The North Korean Parliamentary Session and Budget Report for 2017

(Photo: VOA/KCTV) On April 11, 2017, the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK convened at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang. Such meetings are routine events taking place annually in the spring. Neither the parliamentary session nor its timing in 2017 were extraordinary. Moreover, the meeting was not [...]

A Eulogy to Women in Business Training

A Eulogy to Women in Business Training

“I want to go into business,” she said, “to show that women can be good business leaders too.” When Geoffrey K. See, Choson Exchange’s founder, first heard a female North Korean university student say this in 2007, two thoughts came to mind. First, there is so much we do not know or understand about North Korea. Second, there must be [...]

Case Study: Business Training for North Korean Women

Case Study: Business Training for North Korean Women

In the fall of 2012, Choson Exchange inaugurated a Women in Business (WIB) program in North Korea. The program was meant to encourage the participation of females in business and entrepreneurship training among our target demographic of 20-40 year old young professionals. Participants would attend a workshop in North Korea, from which, we would [...]

Living with Two Nations Under One Roof

Living with Two Nations Under One Roof

I am presenting this small piece on the following assumptions: I do not believe that the unification of Korea will be possible in the near future. Nor do I believe that it would be desirable if its cost were high in terms of human sacrifice. The two societies have already evolved so apart from one another that it will not be possible for them to [...]

An American NGO…in North Korea

An American NGO…in North Korea

This article was originally published by The Atlantic on December 15, 2012, and has been reproduced with permission.  * * * The United States has boots on the ground in North Korea. Cowboy boots, size 10 Durangos, and they belong to Rob Springs, a Korean-speaking Arizona rancher. Springs and his cowboy boots made their 66th visit to North [...]

Agricultural Reform Again—or Not?

Agricultural Reform Again—or Not?

Beginning in early July, a variety of sources have reported possible changes in DPRK farm policy, especially with regard to the organization of work teams and the share of produce which farms can retain. Information is rather spotty and inconsistent so far, and even if the government has decided to implement policy changes on a large scale, it is [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.