[KS] New book on the DPRK, Refugees and Famine (Columbia, 2015)

Sandra Fahy smfahy at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 19:10:05 EDT 2015

Greetings Korean Studies,

I am writing to let you know about the publication of my first book *Marching
Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea*, Columbia University
Press (2015).

The book *Marching Through Suffering* is a deeply personal portrait of the
ravages of famine and totalitarian politics in modern North Korea since the
1990s. Featuring interviews with more than thirty North Koreans who
defected to Seoul and Tokyo, the book explores the subjective experience of
the nation's famine and its citizens' social and psychological strategies
for coping with the regime.

These oral testimonies show how ordinary North Koreans, from farmers and
soldiers to students and diplomats, framed the mounting struggles and
deaths surrounding them as the famine progressed. Following the development
of the disaster, North Koreans deployed complex discursive strategies to
rationalize the horror and hardship in their lives, practices that
maintained citizens' loyalty to the regime during the famine and continue
to sustain its rule today. Casting North Koreans as a diverse people with a
vast capacity for adaptation rather than a monolithic entity passively
enduring oppression, *Marching Through Suffering* positions personal
history as a critical lens for interpreting political violence.
You can order the book at the following site:
Note: Entering the promo code FAHMAR will get you 30% off the book price.

Sandra Fahy
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sophia University
Tokyo, Japan
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