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Author: Ralph C Hassig; Kong Dan Oh
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2009.
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"This unique book 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 world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-il shapes every aspect of its citizens' lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and  Read more...
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Hassig, Ralph C.
Hidden people of North Korea.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2009
(DLC) 2009029786
(OCoLC)428895721
Named Person: Chŏng-il Kim; Chŏng-il Kim
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph C Hassig; Kong Dan Oh
ISBN: 9780742567207 0742567206 1282497413 9781282497412
OCLC Number: 667274367
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 300 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: The illusion of unity : despite appearances, North Koreans are not all of one mind, united around their leader --
The life of the leader : given the opportunity, dictators dictate --
The economic system : command socialism does not work --
The economy of everyday life : most people find a way to make a living --
The information environment : propaganda is everywhere, but other news is creeping in --
Hidden thoughts : reality and ideology are in conflict --
The law, political class, and human rights : the law is made to protect the leader, and only he enjoys full human rights --
Defectors : sometimes running away is the best option --
The end comes slowly : for all its problems, the Kim regime appears to be stable.
Responsibility: Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh.

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"This unique book 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 world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-il shapes every aspect of its citizens' lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism. Weighing the very limited individual rights allowed, the authors illustrate how the political class system and the legal system serve solely as tools of the regime. The key to understanding how the North Korean people live, the authors argue, is to realize that their only allowed role is to support Kim Jong-il, whose father founded the country in the late 1940s. An intelligent and experienced dictator, Kim controls his people by keeping them isolated and banning most foreigners. This control has loosened slightly since the late 1990s, but North Koreans remain hungry and oppressed. Yet the outside world is slowly filtering in, and the book concludes by urging the United States to flood North Korea with information so that its people can make decisions based on truth rather than their dictator's ubiquitous propaganda"--Jacket.

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