See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea

See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea

by Travis Jeppesen

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Overview

A "close-up look at the cloistered country" (USA Today), See You Again in Pyongyang is American writer Travis Jeppesen's "probing" and "artful" (New York Times Book Review) chronicle of his travels in North Korea—an eye-opening portrait that goes behind the headlines about Trump and Kim, revealing North Koreans' "entrepreneurial spirit, and hidden love of foreign media, as well as their dreams and fears" (Los Angeles Times).

In See You Again in Pyongyang, Travis Jeppesen, the first American to complete a university program in North Korea, culls from his experiences living, traveling, and studying in the country to create a multifaceted portrait of the country and its idiosyncratic capital city in the Kim Jong Un Era.

Anchored by the experience of his five trips to North Korea and his interactions with citizens from all walks of life, Jeppesen takes readers behind the propaganda, showing how the North Korean system actually works in daily life. He challenges the notion that Pyongyang is merely a "showcase capital" where everything is staged for the benefit of foreigners, as well as the idea that Pyongyangites are brainwashed robots. Jeppesen introduces readers to an array of fascinating North Koreans, from government ministers with a side hustle in black market Western products to young people enamored with American pop culture.

With unique personal insight and a rigorous historical grounding, Jeppesen goes beyond the media cliches, showing North Koreans in their full complexity. See You Again in Pyongyang is an essential addition to the literature about one of the world's most fascinating and mysterious places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316509145
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 594,561
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Travis Jeppesen is the author of three novels, two volumes of poetry, a stage play, and a collection of art criticism. His critical writings on art, film, and literature have appeared in Artforum, Afterall, The Believer, Art in America, Flash Art, New York Press, Bookforum, and Zoo Magazine. He is the recipient of a 2013 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/the Warhol Foundation, and his text-based visual art has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Author's Note ix

Prologue 1

Part 1 Dreams of a Forgotten City 9

Part 2 "Worlds Worst Country" 49

Part 3 Norkorealism 81

Part 4 Us and Them 111

Part 5 The Atrocity Exhibition 137

Part 6 Victory Day 163

Part 7 Houses of Friendship 193

Part 8 Folding Screen 215

Part 9 Reconciliation 267

Epilogue 297

Bibliography 303

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