It’s a cliche to call North Korea the most isolated country in the world. Those of us living outside the country often have very little idea of what life there is like, often only seeing what its government would like us to see: military parades, missile launches, and joyous crowds.
Yet Lindsey Miller, author of North Korea: Like Nowhere Else; Two Years of Living in the World’s Most Secretive State is a window into how ordinary North Koreans live. They are more than the stereotypes portrayed by their government or by those looking in from outside of the country, as revealed by the photos and stories Lindsey tells in her book.
In this interview, Lindsey and I talk about what it was like to live in North Korea, some of the Koreans she met on her stay, and why some of the narratives about the country can be so hard to shift.
Lindsey Miller is a musical director and award-winning composer. For the last ten years, she has worked in theaters across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia and has most recently worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company. During 2017-19, Lindsey lived in Pyongyang, North Korea, while accompanying her husband on a diplomatic posting. She can be followed on Twitter at @LindseyMiller87.