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.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
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