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Editor's Introduction

New Scholarship on North Korean Cultural Climate

Song Chi-Man
S/N Korean Humanities :: Vol.10 No.1 pp.9-13

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A Study on North Korean Narratives of Ancient Fictions in the 1950s

Feng Yingdun
S/N Korean Humanities :: Vol.10 No.1 pp.17-40

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In the mid-1950s, North Korea’s socialist construction efforts were carried out across the entire society. Even in the field of classical literature, the history of classical novels was written from a Marxist-Leninist perspective to educate the masses. Yi Ŭng-su and Kim Ha-myŏng made the first attempt to write the North Korean history of ancient novels in the 1950s using a Marxist-Leninist methodology, which was based on their research on the history of ancient novels in the predivision period. In 1959, under the influence of the Chollima Movement, the first collectively written book of literary history, Chosŏn munhak t’ongsa [The complete history of Korean literature], was published by the Literature Research Center of the Institute of Language and Literature, Academy of Sciences of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Therefore, the North Korean narrative about classical novels in the 1950s took two forms. Compared to what had been written by Yi Ŭng-su and Kim Ha-myŏng in the mid-1950s, the part of The Complete History of Korean Literature devoted to classic literary history was more detailed and added more critical logic, such as humanitarianism. The North Korean history of ancient novels in the 1950s is different from the South Korean version of the same period, and it is also different from the North Korean history of ancient novels after the establishment of the Juche Literary Theory. In other words, the North Korean history of ancient novels in the 1950s can be seen as having a unique transitional character amid a period in which the North Korean system was being established.

Consumer Perceptions: Insights on North Korean Defectors’ Goods and Services in South Korea

Kim Young Ji, Jung Marianne
S/N Korean Humanities :: Vol.10 No.1 pp.41-64

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The primary objective of this study is to unveil consumer perceptions regarding goods and services offered by North Korean defectors in South Korea’s market. A comprehensive online survey involving 42 respondents, showed insights on consumer behaviours, satisfaction levels, and preferences concerning the defectors’ goods and services, shedding light on areas for improvement. While respondents highly valued the fundamental quality and prices of the goods and services, a significant number of respondents purchased North Korean food for its specific “taste” and also out of the desire to support their North Korean peers, revealing their consumer backgrounds. Personal interest was identified as a significant motivation to purchase North Korean defectors’ goods and services. However, respondents reported lower satisfaction levels with regard to packaging, design, and advertising. regard to such aspects as packaging, design, and advertising. Therefore, continual efforts in quality enhancement and strategic marketing are vital for North Korean defector businesses to strengthen their market presence and broaden their customer base, ultimately driving profitability and entrepreneurial success.

Book Review

Taewoo Kim. Naengjŏn-ŭi manyŏdŭl: han’guk chŏnjaeng-gwa yŏsŏngjuŭi p’yŏnghwaundong [Witches of the Cold War: The Korean War and Feminist Peace Movement]. Seoul: Changbi, 2021. ISBN: 9788936482954.

Nam Gyeong-woo
S/N Korean Humanities :: Vol.10 No.1 pp.67-74

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A Conversation with Du-yul Song*

Interviewer: Young-Kyun Park
S/N Korean Humanities :: Vol.10 No.1 pp.77-97

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