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Pyongyang witnesses birth of a nascent middle class

Oct 19, 2015

Pyongyang witnesses birth of a nascent middle class

North Korea’s use of its showcase capital city to promote an image of national success and prosperity has cemented Pyongyang’s reputation as a Potemkin Village boasting leisure facilities that amount to little more than “playgrounds for cadres.” Pyongyang has always been an exclusive city, ...

South Korea announces plans for state-issued history textbooks

Oct 13, 2015

South Korea announces plans for state-issued history textbooks

South Korea’s conservative government has announced plans to adopt new government-backed history textbooks for middle and high schools — a move that resembles a similarly controversial push in Japan. After months of heated debate, the government of President Park Geun-hye announced Monday that starting ...