Getting to North Korea is the easy part – the real dilemma is whether or not to go. By visiting one of the world’s most isolated regimes are you condoning what goes on there, does it mean you’re ok with throwing political prisoners in labor camps – for three generations? It’s one of the few places cut off from the rest of the world – forget not having Facebook or Google, they don’t even have the Internet. If you go to North Korea, go well informed. Read up as much as you can – and then leave the books at home.
Kate Whitehead is a Hongkonger and has made the city her home since she was eight. She got her first degree (BA English Lit) from Warwick University and her postgrad (MA English Lit) from Sussex University. She was on staff at the Hong Kong Standard and South China Morning Post and was the editor of Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine, Discovery.
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