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Author Fahy, Sandra, author

Title Marching through suffering : loss and survival in North Korea / Sandra Fahy
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 252 pages)
Series Contemporary Asia in the World
Contemporary Asia in the world.
Contents Note on Translation, Confidentiality, Terms, and Romanization -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Loss and Survival -- 1. The Busy Years -- 2. Cohesion and Disintegration -- 3. The Life of Words -- 4. Life Leaves Death Behind -- 5. Breaking Points -- 6. The New Division -- Conclusion: Is Past Prologue? -- Appendix: A Short History of the North Korean Famine -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Marching Through Suffering is a deeply personal portrait of the ravages of famine and totalitarian politics in modern North Korea since the 1990s. Featuring interviews with more than thirty North Koreans who defected to Seoul and Tokyo, the book explores the subjective experience of the nation's famine and its citizens' social and psychological strategies for coping with the regime. These oral testimonies show how ordinary North Koreans, from farmers and soldiers to students and diplomats, framed the mounting struggles and deaths surrounding them as the famine progressed. Following the development of the disaster, North Koreans deployed complex discursive strategies to rationalize the horror and hardship in their lives, practices that maintained citizens' loyalty to the regime during the famine and continue to sustain its rule today. Casting North Koreans as a diverse people with a vast capacity for adaptation rather than as a monolithic entity passively enduring oppression, Marching Through Suffering positions personal history as key to the interpretation of political violence."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index
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Subject Famines -- Korea (North)
Human rights -- Korea (North)
Refugees -- Korea (North) -- Biography.
Refugees -- Korea (North) -- Attitudes.
Victims of famine -- Korea (North)
Resilience, Psychological.
Interviews as Topic.
Social Conditions.
Social Control, Formal.
Korea (North) -- Social conditions.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231538944 (electronic bk.)
9780231538947 (electronic bk.)