Only Beautiful, Please A British Diplomat in North Korea

ISBN-10: 1931368252

ISBN-13: 9781931368254

Edition: 2012

Authors: John Everard

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Coverage of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) all too often focuses solely on nuclear proliferation, military parades, and the personality cult of its leaders. Asthe British ambassador to North Korea, John Everard had the rare experience of living there from 2006, when the DPRK conducted its first nuclear test, to 2008. While stationed in Pyongyang, Everard's travels around the nation provided him with numerous opportunities to meet and converse with North Koreans.Only Beautiful, Please goes beyond official North Korea to unveil the human dimensionof life in that hermetic nation. Everard recounts his impressions of the country andits people, his interactions with them, and his observations on their way of life. He alsoprovides a picture of the life of foreigners in this closed society, considers how the DPRKevolved to its current state, and offers thoughts on how to tackle the challenges that it throws up, in light of the failure of current approaches. The book is illustrated with often striking photographs taken by Everard during his stay in North Korea.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Publication date: 6/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

List of Photographs
Notes on the Text
Glossary of Korean Terms
Life in the Dprk
Dprk Society
Everyday Life in the Dprk
Family Relationships, Courtship, and Marriage
The Workplace
High Days and Holy Days
Keeping Up Appearances-Education
Sickness and Health
Life on the Farm
The Environment
The Dprk Regime and Its People
Forms of Political Control
Political Meetings Political
Military (And Other) Service
Crime and Punishment
Attitudes to the Regime
The Bureaucracy
The Gerontocracy and Its Attitudes to Change
The Scars of the Korean War
Dprk Economy
The Public Distribution System in Practice
Formal and Informal Markets
Trade and Trade Fairs
Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes
Prospects For Economic Reform
The Two Koreas
Attitudes to South Korea
The Kaesong Industrial Zone
Foreigners in the Dprk
The Dprk and Foreigners
Interactions Between Dprk Authorities and Resident Foreigners
Restrictions and Permits
Constraints on Personal Relationships
Attitudes Toward International Agencies And Ngos
Foreigners' Attitudes to the Dprk
Foreigner Life In Pyongyang
Interactions Between Non-Official North Koreans and Foreigners
The Nature of the Dprk Regime
The Birth of the Regime
Soviet Army Tutelage and the Choice of Kim Il Sung
The Character of Kim Il Sung
The Historical Legacy
The Stalinist Inheritance
The Birth of the Personality Cult
The Korean War to the Famine
The Political Scars of the Korean War
The Personality Cult
The Cult of Nationalism
The Dprk's Independent Path
The Political Effects of Aid Dependency
The Challenge From The South
The Rise of Militarism
The Famine and After
The Death of Kim IL Sung and the Accession of Kim Jong Il
The Trauma of the Famine
Songun: the Enshrinement of Militarism
The Nuclear and Missile Programmes
The Regime in 2008 and After
Nationalist, Not Marxist-Leninist, Propaganda
Other Aspects
Of the Nature of the Regime
The 2009 Economic Measures
The Leadership Succession
Conclusion to Part Three
Dealing With the Dprk
How the World Has Dealt With the Dprk…
The Objectives
The Actors
The Means
…And How it Has Failed
What Has Been Achieved, and What Hasn't?
Problems with Previous Approaches to the Dprk
Why Have These Approaches Failed?
Why the Dprk Cannot Give the International Community What It Wants
What Might Work in the Future?
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