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A Pilot Study of Relationships between the Perception of Inequality and Residential Districts of North Korean Defectors from Ryanggang Province

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2022, 29(3), pp.147-169
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2022.29.3.005
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : August 9, 2022
  • Accepted : September 14, 2022
  • Published : September 30, 2022

Kimdeokwoo 1

1동국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to examine how North Korean defectors from Ryanggang Province perception of inequality differs according to the characteristics of their residential areas in North Korea. For this study, 115 direct North Korean defectors were set as targets for analysis, and a Independent-Samples T-test were conducted using the recovered questionnaire of 40 people. As a result of the analysis, it was found that respondents living in ‘dong and eup’ where the residential area is close to the city and downtown had higher inequality perception scores than those living in ‘ri-gu’, which can be called surrounding areas or rural areas. These results suggest that changes in North Korean society are affecting the urban-rural gap and the gap between the rich and the poor between urban residents.

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