Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

College of Arts and Sciences


Global Languages and Cultures

Major Advisor

Dr. Kyle Barnett

Second Advisor

Dr. Kristen Wallitsch

Third Advisor

Dr. Frank Hutchins


This thesis explores the impacts of the dissemination of foreign media in North Korea through a textual analysis of the accounts of North Korean defectors. Through the testimonies of North Korean defectors who consumed illegal foreign media prior to defection, this thesis explores motivations for foreign media consumption, effects on perceptions of the state, and impacts on the decision to defect from North Korea.