Articles by Barbara Demick



Korea Debates Merits of Kimchi

  • 22 May 06
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
One might call it the chicken soup of Korea. For years, Koreans have clung to the notion that kimchi, the pungent fermented cabbage that is synonymous with their culture, has mystical properties that ward off disease.

N. Korean Women Toil Abroad

  • 29 December 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
The old schoolhouse stands alone at the end of a quiet country road flanked by snow-flecked wheat fields. From behind the locked door, opaque with smoked glass, comes the clatter of sewing machines and, improbably enough, the babble of young female voices speaking Korean.

N. Korea Is Blamed for Fake Currency

  • 13 December 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
The counterfeiting operation began a quarter of a century ago, he recalled, at a government mint built into a mountain in the North Korean capital.

'Flower Man' Aids Korean Diplomacy

  • 03 November 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Like a sleepwalker shaken out of a dream, the woman is startled to be asked what she is doing out on a miserable night huddling for cover at the entranceway to a small office building as great rivulets of rainwater stream down around her.

English Becomes Popular in N. Korea

  • 22 July 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
When he spotted an Australian tourist taking in the sights at the capital's Kim Il Sung Square, the young North Korean tour guide was delighted by the chance to practice his English.

North Korean Leader Is the Epicureans' Comrade

  • 29 June 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Kim Jong Il likes to eat sashimi carved from a live fish.

Koreans Want to Be 'Coreans'

  • 16 September 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Is alphabetical order destiny? Yes, say Korean scholars and politicians who have begun a drive to change the official English-language name of their country to ""Corea.""

N. Korea Paying Its Bills With Drugs

  • 23 May 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
North Korea has been involved in the drug trade since at least 1976, when a North Korean diplomat in Egypt was arrested with 2 tons of hashish.

Election to Redefine S. Korean Policy

  • 18 December 02
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
The standoff over North Korean nuclear weapons and a wave of anti-Americanism have turned what would have been a run-of-the-mill election in South Korea into one of the country's most important.