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Beyond Caricatures: Writing about North Korea

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In this era of information overload, one country remains an enigma, with its leadership maintaining a Stalinist hold over the flow of information: North Korea.

Five years after the death of Kim Jong Il and the rise of Kim Jong Un, it is harder than ever for foreign correspondents to get on the ground in Pyongyang, forcing them to be resourceful in conducting reliable reporting at a time when North Korea’s repeated provocations dominate the news. Feature films such as “The Interview” treat North Korea as a comedic backdrop, and documentaries on North Korea often rely on video taken surreptitiously on government-organized tours.

Please join the Wilson Center's Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy for a lunchtime roundtable debate with award-winning foreign correspondents, researchers and writers on the challenges of writing about North Korea today, from getting on the ground to turning to defectors for information about daily life inside the Hermit Kingdom. The panel’s distinguished speakers will share how they get beyond strangleholds on information to produce fiction and reportage about North Korea today.

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Event Agenda: 

10:30               Registration Begins

11:00-11:10    Opening Remarks & Welcoming Address

11:10-12:15    1st Panel - Beyond the Propaganda: The Challenge of Covering North Korea as Foreign Correspondents

     Moderator: Jean H. Lee

     Panelists: Anna Fifield, Blaine Harden

12:15-13:00    Light Luncheon 

13:00-14:00    2nd Panel - Building Characters, Not Caricatures: Fiction and Non-Fiction on North Korea Today

     Moderator: Jean H. Lee

     Panelists: Krys Lee, Blaine Harden, James Person


This NetKAL Public Policy Roundtable is hosted by the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, and sponsored by the Network for Korean American Leaders, the USC Center for Asian Pacific Leadership and the Korea Foundation.

A light lunch will be served. RSVP required.