Today at work, the stars aligned to bring me quite a few resources about North Korea. I have a strong interest in East Asian book history. (The Koreans were the first to develop metal movable type – so they’re already a step ahead of the game when it comes to coolness.) I also find it interesting to learn about different places and cultures. And North Korea is one of the hardest places for a US citizen (i.e. me) to visit; and it can be equally hard for a North Korean to come to the US. So, when I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of beyond the DMZ today, I was thrilled.
And I figured I’d share some of what I found here.
- Audrey Chun from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s library wrote a blog post “Yes, We’re From North Korea!” for the International Area Studies Library Glocal Notes that highlights the university’s North Korean collections (and gives some interesting statistics about the DPRK).
- Also from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, there’s a LibGuide on the university’s North Korean Collections. (Actually, there are several libguides, but I’ll only link one here.)
- Then, I learned about the activist Lee Hyeonseo, who grew up in North Korea and defected and went back to rescue her family. She gave a 2013 TED Talk and now has recently published a book The Girl with Seven Names which I promptly requested from the library.
P.S. If you’re also interested in East Asian book history (and literature by extension), you should check out my work-in-progress East Asian Book History LibGuide.