Aug 9, 2018: North Korea, from Revolution to The Rocket Man

Traditional media are being disrupted by digital technologies. If civility and progress are to survive the current communication tornado we need a restoration of the basic rules for reflective discourse and a redirection of our engagement with public policy.


What challenges and opportunities face North Korea in it’s 70th year – and our region and the world?

Dr Christopher Richardson

North Korea’s model of totalitarianism has proved remarkably resilient and resistant to change. As the 70th anniversary of the state’s foundation looms, Dr Christopher Richardson explores North Korea’s past, present and future, with an emphasis on the evolution and imposition of the Kim Family Cult of Personality and the consequences of this Kim Cult for the state’s security and military posture, its culture and daily life (with a special emphasis on children’s lives).

Dr Christopher Richardson from Sydney University is an expert on North Korea with a particular focus on policies affecting children. He has published widely in both academic and fictional modes and is author, among other things, of a novel for children – Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child.

Recommended reading on North Korea

Dear Leader
Jang Jin-sung (London: Rider Books, 2014)
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives of North Koreans
Barbara Demick (New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2009)
The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
Brian Myers (New York: Melville House, 2010)

“My Escape From North Korea”
Lee Hyeon-seo, TED, February 2013.

“Life Under Kim Jong-un”
Anna Fifield, The Washington Post, 17 November 2017

“I’ll Rejoice in Trump’s Triumph When Kim Opens His Gulags To Scrutiny”
Michael Kirby, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 June 2018

“Hagiography of the Kims & The Childhood of Saints: Kim Jong-il”
Christopher Richardson, Sino-NK, 12 August 2014.

“Hagiography of the Kims & The Childhood of Saints: Kim Il-sung” 
Christopher Richardson, Sino-NK, 31 January 2015.