This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sandra Fahy. They speak about the North Korean famine of the mid-to-late 1990’s, the stories told about this period by defectors, and, importantly, the unique insight that can be gained into their suffering and the social dynamics of North Korea through the censorship, peculiarities and changes in everyday language that occurred at this time.
Sandra Fahy completed her doctorate in Anthropology at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Sejong Society, the University of Southern California, and École des hautes études en sciences socials in Paris. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo, and the author of ‘Marching through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea’; her forthcoming book is ‘Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record’. This interview also heavily references her article ‘Famine Talk-Communication styles and socio-political awareness in 1990s North Korea’.
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