Outside of office hours, Kang would then find ways to watch American and South Korean films under the radar of the authorities, watching everything from American action movies with Stephen Seigel to films with Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
“I never watched porn there, it would have been really dangerous.However, on this particular day, even these past-times were off limits.Observed on 9 September every year, Independence Day is a public holiday which marks the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and its liberation from the Soviet occupation in 1948.Getting drunk with friends till dawn, going on dates to the cinema, playing too many video games.While these might sound like run-of-the-mill adolescent coming of age exploits, these activities took on a rather different form for Jimmin Kang in North Korea.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.
Video games were confined to an interminable cycle of Mario Kart played on 80s consoles.
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.
“A man followed me and tried to touch me but at that time I didn’t know what gay was.
“Everyone aged between 15 and 30 has to be in the union.
I taught people North Korean culture and encouraged them not to listen to American pop music or watch dramas from South Korea and China”.
“Parents are often at work all day so couples will go to their house.