Exploring North Korea through Instagram | Viewing & Reflecting | An Autoethnographic Study

Christiarne | UOW

Over the coming week I will be conducting an autoethnographic study that explores North Korea through the Instagram account of Vickyinam. I first came across this account in a BBC News clip on YouTube which you can watch here. According to the BBC information:

“Vicky Mohieddeen is a British woman who regularly visits North Korea from Beijing where she works for a tour company that takes foreigners into the “Hermit Kingdom”. She knows the place well, has a respect for its people but realises too that she can’t allow herself – or the revealing images she takes and puts on social media – to act as a mouthpiece for the country, so often condemned as aggressive and belligerent by the international community. She says she’s not interested in taking those cliched “rare glimpse” pictures, but wants to use her photos of daily life in Pyongyang and beyond to connect.”

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