Thawing

While the volcano Mount Baekdusan is still buried in snow and the ice on its crater lake is meter deep, the icicles further south have started dripping. It’s thawing and spring is coming! At the moment it seems that this can also be said of political relations. The angular hills on the photo below are... Continue Reading →

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Jajang Myeon (Korean Noodles with black Bean Sauce)

In Asia long noodles are a symbol of a long life. Noodles with black bean sauce is a favorite meal in Korea. This is a recipe that will bring Korea into your home. They are "sucked into" the mouth not bitten off. Eating noisily is a sign that you are enjoying your food – your... Continue Reading →

Off the stage!

Reading the daily press on North Korea is not contributing to our joy – therefore I will write of other things: Once again I was able to visit North Korea and experienced wonderful encounters and relaxed collaborators. We are intentionally building relationships to North Koreans. If we are not able to invite them to Switzerland,... Continue Reading →

A View over the River

The plan to monitor the transport of relief supplies ended at the Yalu, the border river between China and North Korea. We assume that the container with the proven baby food has reached its goal, the area around Yonsa. Unfortunately, we cannot witness the distribution: After quite some back and forth, we were not given... Continue Reading →

My Brothers and Sisters in the North

This is the title of a film about the people of North Korea. I was able to view this film in the course of a Korea event in the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich. This impressive film portrays different people from the northern part of the Korean peninsula. Every person that film director... Continue Reading →

Retrospection and Perspectives

It is with thankfulness that we look back on another year of partnering with the people of North Korea some of which we met personally when they came to Switzerland. From others we have heard through the reports of our partners telling us what they have been able to achieve with the finances they received... Continue Reading →

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