North Korean Anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee Becomes Famous

North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee.

North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee.

Recently, Chinese netizens have been greatly amused by North Korea’s famous news anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee…

From NetEase & Tiexue:

North Korean anchorwoman’s sonorous broadcasts become famous

On the 23rd, an exchange of fire occurred between South Korean and North Korea near their borders, attracting the attention of the entire world. After the exchange of fire, North Korean television stated that its territorial waters have been violated and that it will fight back, and North Korea’s “The People’s Announcer/Broadcaster” Ri Chun Hee’s sonorous voice one again shook the world. North Korea provides “special treatment” for its news anchorwoman.

The post title on Tiexue was: “North Korea’s anchorwoman becomes famous: Her voice is even more powerful than cannons!

The joke is that her voice is so frightening that it can scare North Korea’s enemies.

Here is another news report featuring Ri Chun Hee where she is like a mother full of anger criticizing her son when talking about South Korea but completely changes when talking about the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

Some more English information about Ri Chun Hee from PRI’s The World:

JASON STROTHER: There’s a familiar face that greets North Koreans when they tune in to watch the news. An older woman, dressed in a traditional pink gown, bows to the camera before speaking.

RI CHUN HEE: [speaking Korean]

STROTHER: That’s Ri Chun Hee. She appears at the top of every newscast. Her beat is the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. She reports every public appearance Kim makes, and recites the praises he’s said to receive from abroad. According to a profile in a North Korean magazine, Ri was born in 1943. She’s worked as a reporter for nearly 40 years. Analysts say landing a news anchor job in North Korea isn’t easy. You have to demonstrate ideological credentials and come from a trustworthy family just to get into journalism school.

BRIAN MYERS: Ri Chun Hee is an exception, in that she didn’t go through the usual journalistic background, but instead, she kind of majored in drama.

STROTHER: Brian Myers analyzes North Korean propaganda at Dongseo University in Busan.

MYERS: That kind of background has stood her in good stead, I suppose because she has a very dramatic style of delivery.

STROTHER: Myers says there’s a lot of showmanship that goes into North Korean broadcasting. He says news anchors use four distinct tones depending on what they’re talking about. For instance, there’s the lofty, wavering voice, used when praising the nation’s leadership. That’s Ri Chun Hee’s forte.

RI CHUN HEE: [speaking Korean]

STROTHER: There’s a staccato explanatory tone used for the weather. And then a more natural voice for uncontroversial news stories. But the one that’s perhaps best known outside of North Korea is what Myers calls the invective tone.

MYERS: It’s a hate filled voice. It kind of reminds me of what George Orwell was talking about in “1984,” when he talked about the two-minute hate. It’s a voice just laden with scorn and hatred; I’m not going to try to imitate it.”

North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee.

Comments from Tiexue:


Hearing her voice, it feels like she has gone crazy… does she take some drugs every time she records???


The big auntie is pissed…but her wording is very powerful.


Speaking passionately against the enemy, what’s wrong with that? Is she supposed to be like Xiao Shengyang and sound like a sissy?


Encountering this kind of thing, the word we hear most from our announcers/broadcasters/anchors is “protest”.

[Some Chinese netizens feel that the Chinese government never does anything, only protests.]


One word: Impressive.


Her eyes are always fixed on the notes/script, never once lifting her eyes…this kind of broadcaster interviewing in China would be instantly fired.


Brother Chun is powerful, Aunty Ri is powerful.


North Korea’s announcers always say, if the American Imperialists do this or that, North Korea will execute a powerful military attack…

China’s announcers always say [China] expresses regret and expresses protest.


China needs this kind of bold person too! I hope China’s news can have less regret, apology, protest and similar bullshit!


I’ve heard her broadcast for a military parade, my God, all of us guys fainted.

This is the broadcast the above netizen is talking about:

North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee.>

North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hee.

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • kate

    very dramatic indeed.

    • Dr. Dust Cell


  • Brotoss

    North Korean must spawn more overlords!

    • Jay K.

      ZERG RUSH BRO!!!

    • @@

      you need more minerals

    • Andy Smokey

      Too many underlings. Spawn more overlords!

  • 我 寻 欢

    Yeah right…..I would be more scare if she is naked! ..he..he..he

  • BlackSugarDaddy

    I want to know how she screams when got split off from the crotch????

  • 老外

    Well, the little girl in the last picture looks like the Rabbit Crush Girl. :/

  • John

    She is clearly a crazed old lesbian.

  • carlstar

    personally i would like to bang her from behind while she is forced to watch how messed up her country is and read the same crap lines

  • i just fell in love

    • eattot

      i nearly coughed my milktea out!

  • BlothaLonely

    What she comments is not news, but loneliness…

  • Park

    A couple of pieces on North Korea for you:
    “The Definitive Guide To North Korea” (worth it just to see the Mass Games video):
    and a more harrowing piece by the Daily Telegraph:

  • Justin

    Walter Cronkite she ain’t.

  • Chef Rocco

    Sarah Palin has fallen in love with her, that is why she called North Korea an ally.

  • James

    This post was lame.

  • lay low moe

    damnit!!! somehow her voice made me wanna support North Korea
    need to eat more burgers and drink more pop to stay American…

  • BrotherRiverCrab

    Ri Chun Hee > Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf

  • 伟 哥 哥

    I bet she is even better when she screams while getting orgasm !!!

  • Hung Fa Lo

    I wonder how the Norks feel about those Chinese TV parodies of Ri, by men no less?

  • DRaY

    This lady is the poster child for propaganda!!!! Makes me sick!!

  • Simon

    the world needs no Koreans – north or south. Violent people, no good for no nothing. Let them kill each other to the end.

    • Alikese

      What about Bulgogi? Huh? What about that?

  • Dan Danger

    This is the type of menality that pre-dates even the cold war. A paranoid mind set. Luckily this insane nation has a ‘big brother’ next door that never criticizes it for its hateful and alienating actions. If big brother would learn to scold its little brother the world could be a safer place.

  • Hm… shades of Lord Haw Haw or Tokyo Rose? Who knows until the succession/turnover occurs.

  • Alikese

    “China’s announcers always say [China] expresses regret and expresses protest.

    Encountering this kind of thing, the word we hear most from our announcers/broadcasters/anchors is “protest”. ”

    What the hell do they want, to send troops into Norway because Liu won the Nobel Prize? I’m really glad that Tiexue commenters aren’t in charge of their country.

  • Another way to look at it from China’s perspective is that it is giving North Korea an outlet. Maybe see it as a cultural thing; in Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, one of the most important tactics is to NEVER corner an opponent, they will fight harder and more ferociously until death, as there is no retreat. By leaving the DPRK an “outlet” or at least the idea that there is some wiggle room, China is easing the situation and could be preventing something much worse. It’s a different perspective to look at it from; I’ve been learning about it from Surf Chinese by learning Chinese online. I recommend anyone to look into it.

  • act

    she graduated from acting school. NK have actors as achors, nice. lol

  • Don’t know if it’s the video sound quality or not, but at some parts of the video she goes from low pitch female voice to a male emperors voice.

  • Whateva

    a bunch of brain-washed people.. Impressive my ass.

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  • u_must be joking

    lol. have u ever thought what the rest of the World think about chinese anchors? ha

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  • AOA

    wrong translation: this kind of broadcaster interviewing in China would be instantly FIRED