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Mysterious Pyongyang: Cosmetics, Beauty Culture and North Korea

From the publisher’s website:

This book is written with the belief that the peaceful unification of Korean Peninsula will be upon us on the day that every woman in North Korea uses South Korean and global cosmetics. The authors focus on understanding the intentions behind the three leaders of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un, based on their comments on the cosmetics industry and their field guidance tendencies, analyzing the governance style of Pyongyang through women’s life and beauty culture. It is the earliest book of its kind in the women’s life and beauty culture of North Korea.

About the authors

Sung-wook Nam is an East Asia expert with the theoretical and practical experience in academia, government and intelligence services on North Korea and China. He has worked as an analyst for Korean National Intelligence Service and an advisor to Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of National Unification and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nam is Dean of Graduate School of Public Policy, Korea University, and Director of Center for North Koreanology at the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, since 2013. He is co-author of South Korea’s 70-Year Endeavor for Foreign Policy, National Defense, and Unification (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
Su-lan Chae is a Researcher at Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University.
Ga-young Lee is a Researcher at Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University.


Women in North Korea: Ideal and Reality
The Beauty Culture and Perspective of North Korean Women
North Korean Policy for Cosmetic Industry
Chemical Compositional Analysis of North Korean Cosmetics
A Comparison of North and South Korea: Differences in Perception of Beauty and Makeup Practices/Culture
North Korea’s Economic Development and Cosmetic Industry Outlook

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