Communist party cadre not so different from other Asians

Straits Times correspondent Lim Yan Liang and Mrs Kim Hyon Ju, a card-carrying member of the Workers' Party of Korea, at the Pakyon Waterfall, regarded as one of the most famous waterfalls on the Korean peninsula.
Straits Times correspondent Lim Yan Liang and Mrs Kim Hyon Ju, a card-carrying member of the Workers' Party of Korea, at the Pakyon Waterfall, regarded as one of the most famous waterfalls on the Korean peninsula.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG

PYONGYANG • Asked whether ahjumma (aunty) is the correct way to address her, Mrs Kim Hyon Ju, looking years older in her business suit, paused for a moment.

Then with a tight smile, the 34-year-old replied that only those above 40 get called ahjumma.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Communist party cadre not so different from other Asians'. Print Edition | Subscribe