Undercover in North Korea
Lecture & Discussion
Head-to-Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds
Suki Kim is the only person ever to have conducted undercover immersive journalism in North Korea. Born and raised in South Korea, now based in New York, she traveled to Pyongyang for the first time in 2002, joining and writing about a Kim Jong-il loyalist group. She returned regularly to North Korea for a decade-long investigation, reporting on North Korean defectors and witnessing events from Pyongyang such as Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday celebration and his death nine years later. In 2011, she spent six months undercover as an English teacher living in a locked compound of a military guarded all-male university for Pyongyang’s future leaders where she gained unparalleled insight into the psychology of North Korea’s elite.
In this talk, Suki Kim discusses the country’s recent history, as well as the book, Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite (2014), that resulted from her unprecedented access and her current work in progress about the consequence of war and the future of North Korea.
With: Suki Kim, Writer and Journalist, The New Republic, and Holtzbrinck Fellow, The American Academy in Berlin
In cooperation with: The American Academy in Berlin, Evangelisches Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof Stuttgart
Generously supported by: Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH