Drinking with friends was overshadowed by the fear of talking about the regime, going to the cinema was blighted by not being able to kiss in public and having to watch one film six times because nothing else was showing.
Video games were confined to an interminable cycle of Mario Kart played on 80s consoles.
“You can’t kiss in public places, it’s not illegal but it’s not cultural practice,” he recalls.
”You’re also not supposed to have sex before you are married.” Inevitably, young people found ways of being intimate with each other.
For one day, everything in the hermit kingdom is closed and a surreal fist-pumping military parade takes place across the capital city of Pyongyang.
But we would have food, drinking and singing and dancing all night and getting drunk and the party wouldn’t stop until sunshine”.Some people have pornography but if the government found them they would go directly to a camp.” Homosexuality is another taboo in North Korean society, so much so that Kang says there was no concept of it, let alone a word for it.“A man followed me and tried to touch me but at that time I didn’t know what gay was.While there were arcade type places where he would play video games, he says it would quickly get boring because the consoles were so outdated.When it came to birthdays, Kang would celebrate with all the usual fare - apart from cake.