There’s no stigma attached to online or blind dating in South Korea.The couple culture in Korea is so strong that the question “Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? I studied abroad If you have traveled abroad in the past, where have you been? Bachelor's Degree Have you traveled abroad in the past?Getting drunk with friends till dawn, going on dates to the cinema, playing too many video games.While these might sound like run-of-the-mill adolescent coming of age exploits, these activities took on a rather different form for Jimmin Kang in North Korea.For one day, everything in the hermit kingdom is closed and a surreal fist-pumping military parade takes place across the capital city of Pyongyang.“People would gather in the squares from morning until six o’clock and sometimes we would walk with the army. Born in 1986, Kang grew up in the eerie, grey, concrete streets of Pyongyang.
According to the National Police Agency, 8,367 people were taken into custody on charges of physical violence against their partners in 2015, up 8.8 per cent from 2014.Drinking with friends was overshadowed by the fear of talking about the regime, going to the cinema was blighted by not being able to kiss in public and having to watch one film six times because nothing else was showing.Video games were confined to an interminable cycle of Mario Kart played on 80s consoles.Living in a small, ordinary flat in a downtown area of the totalitarian metropolis with his mother, father and sister, Kang spent his days working for the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League and evenings playing pool with friends.“I worked in the head office but we would go around factories, schools, universities and more teaching people Juche, the state ideology of North Korea,” he explains.