“You can be killed for watching American or South Korean films or dramas.
You might say that’s crazy, but if people understand freedom or know how people in other countries live, it is dangerous for the government”. In the week they would go on walks alongside the riverside and on the weekends they would go the cinema.
“I never watched porn there, it would have been really dangerous.
Some people have pornography but if the government found them they would go directly to a camp.” Homosexuality is another taboo in North Korean society, so much so that Kang says there was no concept of it, let alone a word for it.
Drinking with friends was overshadowed by the fear of talking about the regime, going to the cinema was blighted by not being able to kiss in public and having to watch one film six times because nothing else was showing.“I worked in the head office but we would go around factories, schools, universities and more teaching people Juche, the state ideology of North Korea,” he explains.