The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

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[Book Review] Fantastic. Someone finally went through Seoul’s expansive archive of North Korean domestic media (magazines, TV programs, movies, etc.) to see what the North was/is telling its populace. The conclusion refutes those who see the North primarily through a communist ideological prism, instead painting a picture of the nation as a racist dictatorship focused on keeping its blood pure, populace ignorant, and elites entrenched.

I’ve already cited Myers’ research in my own work and come across it in dozens of articles, a trend that is unlikely to change. Anyone interested in the North will enjoy and learn from this fresh take on the country and culture. While the illustrations, as shown by the book cover, add to the power and uniqueness of the text.

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