I studied Chinese with a group of around ~20 North Koreans students a few years ago in Shanghai. I got to befriend them all, up to being invited to attend Kim Jong Il's memorial ceremony and hanging out in their dorms drinking authentic NK Vodka.
I haven't read the thread, so excuse me if this sounds a bit off-topic.
>All of them had double portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in their dorms
>They had a "leader", which was the only one with a cell phone.
>All of them had laptops, but no Internet
>When asked about the Internet, one said "Yeah, we have that at university". It's probably not true, however.
>When Kim Jong Il died, all but one of them cried.
>One of them broke down crying like a week after the fact, in class. Everyone else had already got over it already. When the teacher comforted him, he said something along the lines of "losing him is just like losing a father". He looked genuinely devastated.
>Their social distance (i.e. the distance they keep while talking) is crazy close. They'll even hold your hands while talking to you. This is normal in North Korea, but could easily be misunderstood by foreigners.
>They always went outside in pairs. Even when just going to the bathroom or to the store.
>The most popular video game in North Korea is Counter Strike. I played with them at the computer science lab, and some of them were actually good. They are Korean after all.
>I once caught them all watching a video in one of the dorms with the lights off. I have no idea what it was. The news maybe?
>A few of them had never stepped in a bus or a car before, and subsequently felt sick when we had to. "I usually take the metro or ride my bike to school".
>They all had some sort of military training, and could be called back at any moment if shits hits the fan.
>They were in fact quite friendly and open to talk about anything other than politics, at which point they'll either politely change the topic or (literally) just walk aPost too long. Click here to view the full text.