This research investigates the relationship between life traumas and performance cultures amongst North Korean refugees living in South Korea. Specifically looking at music, dance, and visual arts, the research will ascertain to what extent and in what ways performance cultures allow North Koreans in South Korean to transcend the isolation of collective trauma and regain a sense of community, political agency, and self-determination.

The research will partly be carried out through participant observation and interviews of South Korea-based North Korean refugee arts practitioners, such as P'yŏngyang Minsŏk Yesuldan.

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