Minjeong Ko is a M.A. Candidate in North Korean Studies at the Graduate School of Ewha Womans University. She spent half a year at Wilson Center as an Asan Academy Washington Fellow at North Korea International Documentation Project. Before coming back to the Center, she worked at Korea Archives Information Technology as a researcher of Unification Archive and at Asan Institute of Policy Studies as a research intern. She also worked at Pony Chung Archive as an intern. She received her B.A. in History and Sociology at Ewha Womans University in Korea. Her research interests include North Korean society and Cold War history.

Project Summary

How did the aid of North Korea from the Soviet Union form North Korean society after the Korea War? In this research study, the difference between North Korea and North Vietnam society and its political structure in the 1950s and 1960s will be measured by comparison of the aid. The formation of the societies in North Korea and North Vietnam will be compared in three aspects. The first aspect is the scale and the content of the aid from the Soviet Union, in order to understand the intention of the Soviets. The second aspect is the comparison of the aids among socialist countries like East Germany or Hungary, to international society at that time. The third aspect is the request and response to the aid by the political leaders of North Korea and North Vietnam.

Major Publications

Human rights situation in North Korean prison(Kyohwaso) - focusing on fatality rate in Kyohwaso No.12