Ri Sol-ju

Jackson Five Ri-dux: More Sol-ju in the South Korean Media

By | March 12, 2013

It appears that the Ri sisters are not doing it for themselves, at least not in this new SinoNK blog post.

Ri Sol-ju Goes Viral: What Social Media Reveal about the DPRK’s First Lady

By | March 06, 2013

A great deal of information about North Korea’s first lady is circulating on the Korean-language internet, and Darcie Draudt brings out some of the salient themes.

Ri Sol-ju, Conspicuous Wealth, and the “Military Wife” Type in the DPRK

By | December 12, 2012

SinoNK’s analyst for gender issues, Darcie Draudt, takes a look at Ri Sol-ju as part of a class of women who are doing increasingly well, thanks to their connections. Is such upward mobility to be emulated or despised?

Ko Young-hee and Ri Sol-ju: Media (Re)constructions of Kim Jong-un’s Ideal Women

By | November 08, 2012

In a new article for the Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Darcie Draudt discusses the extensive construction of “a new kind of DPRK woman” in the age of Ri Sol-ju. Introduction by Steven Denney.

Songun Mini-Skirt: Ri Sol-ju, the Moranbong Band, and North Korean Fashion Norms

By | August 09, 2012

Considering the Moranbong Band performance as a kind of promise to the women of Pyongyang: material prosperity is around the corner in the form of jewelry, short skirts, and high-heels.

Modern, Feminine and Bright: Kim Jong-un’s First Lady

By | July 28, 2012

Kim Jong-un’s current persona is being grounded by two female figures: now we see Jong-un is not only a son of a noble Comrade (Go Young-hee), but the husband of one as well. Analysis by Darcie Draudt.