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Socialist Living in North Korea, 1953-65

Andre Schmid, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

In the immediate postwar period, when very real limits on the power of the party-state remained and the population was still recovering from the dislocations of the war, the socialist promise of what in North Korea came to be known as the ‘new living’ became the subject of much ideological and material investment on the part of a wide spectrum of actors. Yet the construction of such ‘new living’ was certainly not straightforward. This paper analyzes political anxieties that emerged over worker dormitory life, tensions surrounding consumption in a growing economy, and worries about the comforts of family life offered by new fangled apartments.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm | RSVP Required
Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies

The William J. Perry Professorship Fund