The Defectors

An LRB podcast with Richard Lloyd Parry and Krys Lee

Richard Lloyd Parry talks to Krys Lee about life, death and mutual incomprehension in the Korean borderlands.
A North Korean soldier on the banks of the Yalu river near Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri)

In the latest instalment of our podcast, recorded in Seoul, Richard Lloyd Parry talks to the Korean-American novelist Krys Lee about evangelical Christianity, plastic surgery and mutual incomprehension in the Korean borderlands.

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Further reading in the LRB:

‘How does a puffed-up, vainglorious narcissist, whose every other word may well be a lie (that applies to both of them, Trump and Kim Jong-un), come not only to hold the peace of the world in his hands but perhaps the future of the planet?’ Bruce Cumings on the murderous history of Korea (May 2017)

‘How long will Beijing allow this absurd opera to continue?’ Tariq Ali in Pyongyang (January 2012)

‘Defectors may embody the longing for unification that is the foundation of the South’s official ideology, but that does not necessarily generate warmth towards individual North Koreans.’ Isabel Hilton on how to defect (June 2010)

‘For most Chinese tourists visiting Dandong, a glimpse of North Korea is the closest they can get to a visit to their own past.’ Jon Cannon on the Chinese/ Korean border (August 2000)

‘The rest of the world has always found more important things to be taken account of in North Korea than the lives of its inhabitants.’ Richard Lloyd Parry on the Kim regime’s state of political undeath (May 2013)