ICAS Event: TUJ Korea Japan Group Book Talk -
Kongdan Oh on "The Hidden People of North Korea"

Date
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Time
7:00 p.m. (talk starts at 7:30 p.m.)
Venue
TUJ Azabu Hall 206 (Access)
Speaker
Kongdan Oh
Admission
Open to general public.
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About the Event

Kongdan Oh will introduce her latest book, co-authored with Ralph Hassig, The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom. ( Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009).

This unique book provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of life in North Korea today. Drawing on decades of experience, the authors explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the 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.

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.

About Kongdan Oh

Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She received her B.A. at Sogang University and her M.A. at Seoul National University. She subsequently earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Asian affairs (for more information click here).

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.


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