Kim's Rackets

When Ju Song Ha was teaching high school in Chongju, a farming town in northeastern North Korea, classes ended at 2 p.m.—and then the students got to work. Ju marched the teens into fields blooming with pink and white flowers. Working in pairs, one student cut into the bulb of a waist-high plant and the other scraped the sticky white resin into a cup supplied by the North Korean government. They worked four or five hours each afternoon among those plants that, by North Korean government fiat, are known as white bellflowers. In fact,...

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