Stephan Haggard Referenced on North Korean Access to Foreign Media
North Koreans increasingly open to outside media
Shin Hyon-hee, The Korea Herald
Before crossing North Korea’s border with China in 1999, Joseph Park could never have imagined seeing a South Korean soap opera.
When he visited the North about a decade later, he saw a booming black market in films, dramas and music produced in the democratic, affluent South.
Sophisticated but low-cost gadgets are being sneaked into border towns, where food and daily goods had been clandestinely dealt in since a devestating famine in the 1990s. Among the hottest items are USB-equipped MP4 players and even smartphones with an ultra-small media card, the 32-year-old veterinarian student at Konkuk University in Seoul told The Korea Herald.
Stephan Haggard is the director of the Korea-Pacific Program at IR/PS, where he specializes in the Korean economy. In 2011 Haggard published Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea with co-author Marcus Noland, with whom he had previously authored Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform. Dr. Haggard writes the "North Korea: Witness to Transformation" blog at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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