China Seminar | 14 April 2016

A Chinese Journalist’s Life In North Korea: What Are The Realities?

DU Baiyu DU Baiyu

North Korea is a mystery to many of us. DU Baiyu, who was a resident living in the most secretive country in the world for over two years between 2012 and 2014, will tell us her own stories and experiences in North Korea and show her rarely seen first-hand pictures. Her talk will focus on ordinary people’s livelihood and mentality, which she learned from her interactions with both local North Koreans and expatriates working for international organizations and foreign embassies. North Korea can never be so near and clear. DU Baiyu (Rainey) is a working journalist from China’s State media Xinhua News Agency. She was an Editor on the English Desk of Xinhua’s International News Department for 2 years (2010-2012). Between March 2012 and July 2014, Ms. DU was a Xinhua Correspondent in Pyongyang, North Korea. She has published two books entitled My Pyongyang Story and North Korean Images on contemporary North Korean society, with a focus on ordinary people’s real life. She is a graduate of Shanghai International Studies University majoring in Korean and English languages. Currently she is a Parvin Fellow at the University of Hawaii Manoa and the East-West Center.