TALK Outsiders: Book Talk with Dr. Bell Markus

Date: March 2 (Thu.), 2023
Time: 10:30-12:30
Venue: Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Ryoshinkan RY101 (in person)
Speaker: Markus Bell (Research Fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and International Development Consultant)

2023.01.11 UP
© Roman Harak.

© Roman Harak. "North Korea - Flower bouquet", Taken on September 9, 2010 (No change has been made)

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In his new book, Markus Bell explores the hidden histories of the men, women, and children who travelled from Japan in the 1960s to the world’s most secretive state—North Korea. Through vivid ethnographic details and interviews with North Korean escapees, Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea reveals the driving forces that propelled thousands of ordinary people to risk it all in Kim Il-Sung’s “Worker’s Paradise”, only to escape back to Japan half a century later.

The cover image of the book (provided by the author)

Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea is available in Kindle and hardcopy. Paperback version will be released in July 2023.


Dr. Markus Bell is an anthropologist specializing in refugees, human trafficking, and labour migration, with over a decade of experience working in the Asia Pacific region. He has taught at the Australian National University, University of Sheffield, and Goethe University Frankfurt, and has worked for the United Nations since 2019. He earned his PhD from ANU in 2016 and is also a Research Fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Dr. Markus Bell (image provided by the author)


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CHOI Safa (Doshisha University, Faculty of Social Studies)