North Korea And South Korea

3228 Words May 1st, 2015 13 Pages
Everyone has been touched by the Korean wave in some way, whether it is by having a Samsung phone to eating Korean barbeque at a Korean restaurant. North Americans tend to think that North and South Korea share the same traditions and customs, when in fact they are complete opposites. Going back thousands of years in Korean culture, North Korea and South were just a part of the country Korea. Fast forwarding to the 1950’s the northern part of Korea started to become a communist country. America swooped in and started to shape the southern part of Korea as an ally for the United States and make them a part of the capitalist movement. After the Korean War, Korea became divided into North and South Korea. North Korea became a communist country and was run by a dictator, while South Korea came under America 's wing and became a capitalist country. Following America’s footsteps, South Korea started to westernize its music and culture all together. After South Korea’s stock market crashed in October 1997, they started to focus their economic revenue on their kpop music, thus making it more western, appealing to an American audience. While Americans can embrace the K-wave, they should also be mindful of the political and economic motivations of South Korea. In addition to enjoying the K-wave, Americans need to recognize that K-wave doesn’t fully represent South Korean culture. Korean music and TV can help Americans learn their traditions and protocols, but they also need to study…
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