I taught people North Korean culture and encouraged them not to listen to American pop music or watch dramas from South Korea and China”.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.
Despite coming from a middle-class family, for the most part, he says other activities were out of reach due to costliness.
“There is one bowling alley in Pyongyang but I only went once because it was very expensive.
“A man followed me and tried to touch me but at that time I didn’t know what gay was.
Then I came here and finally I understood what gay meant and I thought ‘Ah, he was gay. After a long shift at work, Kang would often wind down with friends over beers or Suji, Korean vodka.
“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.
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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.
When I was young a saw a couple having sex in the park”.