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Stanford professor describes research for North Korea book

Original post made on Jul 15, 2013

In "The Orphan Master's Son," North Korea comes to life in the form of a fiction novel, a medium befitting the country's aura of illusion.

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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Must've been an engrossing project. Lots of grossness and lots of fascination. I'd read it except I have too many books in my must read pile now. I did read the book about the Korean War by Halberstam -- title something like "The Coldest Winter."

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Woodside
on Jul 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Beyond the horrid human rights issues, North Korea is so different it's cooler/hipper than California in strange ways. I'm kind of addicted to the propaganda. I love the rigid parades and music. I love the lack of tech and control over outside influence. No Facebook, thank you Dear Leader!I can't pinpoint exactly why, but Palo Alto has a North Korea feel. Something about the perfection and rigidness. I grew up here BTW. YouTube some North Korea propaganda and see for yourself.

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Posted by Anthropologie
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sounds like that will appeal to my cultural anthropologist's heart

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Posted by Fox Ann Kerr
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

is his next book going to be a tutorial for fox-affiliated newscasters on how to spot fake Korean names?

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