This paper will delve into the little known aspects of North Korea. Hopefully, a better understanding of the country’s characteristics can benefit both the neighboring
Since 1953, North Korea has been a spectacle in the world news that continuously reminds other nations of its presence. Upon further investigation, one would surmise that North Korea’s totalitarian government, focus on military, and appalling economic situation are a result of their push for a successful culture of their own. Throughout history, various other nations have influenced and controlled North Korea, in reaction to this, the small country masquerades as world power that it really is not.
North Korea’s economy is very different then the United States’ economy. Even though one dollar in American money doesn’t seem much to us Americans, it is worth nine-hundred dollars in their currency. North Korea’s main sources of income are military products, machine building, electrical power, chemicals, mining, metallurgy, textiles, food processing and tourism. North Korea’s overall condition of the economy is not good.
The Hermit Kingdom North Korea, officially, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but with the practice of isolationism by their totalitarian communist government, it has also become known as the mysterious “Hermit Kingdom.” This small country remains inaccessible to but, a few due to economic sanctions and ongoing hostilities spanning decades with its southern neighboring country, the United States supported, South Korea. In addition to a complicated past and the regimes, emphasis on self-reliance to limit outside influence, North Korea, has successfully insulated itself from the rest of the world becoming detached and secluded. To know North Korea, you must understand the complex history of when Korea was as a whole nation and of
Total control. It is what both North Korea and Anthem have in common. Anthem and North Korea share many key qualities: the way they control their people and the way the government is run. In both societies, the people have no sense of freedom and are pretty much brainwashed by
Barely anything has progressed in North Korea and nothing progresses in Anthem. In North Korea, the health and medical assistance has not progressed. According to an online article, “A Chance for Progress on North Korean Human Rights,” North Korea has one of the highest rates in the world of TB cases outside of Africa. Help is being offered, as seen in an online documentary “Inside Under Cover in North Korea,” but it is difficult to enter North Korea because of their strict regulations, and it is a very little amount that people know about North Korea. As for the mental state of the people, no progress is made. The people continue to be brainwashed. As said in an online article, “North Korea’s Brainwashing Plans are Being Foiled by Queen Elsa: Children are Taught to Hate the U.S. from Kindergarten- but Secretly They Love Pop Music and Frozen,” children in North Korea are raised being taught to hate the United States, Japan, and South Korea. They also grow up being taught to swear by the dictator. Because they know that the future will be in the hands of the young generation, they brainwash them to continue this totalitarian government and communistic society. What is being shared about the economy of North Korea is that it is growing. Of course, most are uncertain about this claim because North Korea does not share economic data. In Anthem, the no progress
An impoverished country of more than twenty five million people, North Korea, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was founded by the revolutionary leader Kim IL Sung after the end of World War II. North Korea began as an independent kingdom for much of its long history. Both North and South Korea were under Japanese control in 1905 until the country was split after the end of World War II. Located in eastern Asia in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula, bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, North Korea sits in a strategic location bordering China, Russia, and South Korea. North Korea is slightly larger than the state of Virginia, but slightly smaller than the state of Mississippi and is mostly comprised of large mountains and steep hills separated
The government claims that citizens get the full amount of basic rights and claim that DPRK has the best rights in the world ( Federal Research Division, 172-175). Contrary to what they said, the DPRK is one of the most repressive governments on the face of the earth. Their constitution claims that they get freedom of religion, speech, press, and more ( 175-176). The North Korean government instead ignores every single word in their own constitution (United Nations Human Rights Council 3). The Supreme People’s Assembly meets only once a year ( Federal Research Division, 175-176). The current state of modern North Korea is based off the policy of aggression, fear, and governmental brainwashing. (Daily Mail Reporter). North Korean citizens can and will be placed in a labor camp if they do anything that goes against the regime (“North Korea”). Not only can North Korean citizens get placed in a labor camp for going against the regime, but foreigners can and will be placed in a labor camp for committing that crime, too (David Brunnstrom). In the North, the government boasts about many of their so-called achievements and superiority over the others. Their media constantly shows how plentiful and how powerful the country is (“Kim Jong Un's New Year Address”). Videos and images of industry, food, technology, and stocked stores picture the country as a perfect
Cultures are unparalleled with North Korea maintaining a communist government ran by the Kim Family for generations rather than a democracy like the United States. North Korea consists of a population conditioned from a very young age to accept the words and deeds of the elder and junior Kim’s to be the absolute truth. “The greatest meaning in life lies in bullets and bombs.” With a society referred into three categories as basic, chaotic and enemy, depending on the background and social origins. With a culture that operates as a communist Government raising human rights issues in addition to concerns over nuclear and chemical weapons. Human rights are nonexistent in the country. Officials above Deputy Prime Minister Level are provided vehicles at state expenses. Party operates at a level of discipline surpassing that of the military. For example, “public self-criticism is the punishment for being a minute late after lunch. Surveillance is much tighter to include listening devices at home and watching their every move.” Corruption is highest in the government trading and foreign exchange departments. Almost equally severe in departments responsible for housing and employment. Nuclear and chemical weapons have always been an interest between the two. A Stalemate, escalation, or an agreement.
Communicating in North Korea In the United States, Americans are given the freedom to communicate through social media, which has taken away the priority of verbal communication. In other cultures, namely North Korea, communication isn’t allowed through technology. North Korea is a communist country making technology unattainable due to its isolation from the rest of the world. The life of a typical North Korean is simple: do what the government expects. Quite the opposite, in the United States an average American can do and say what they believe in. In the realm of communication, both countries have their differences and similarities; language, individualism, power distance, gender roles, and other aspects make North Korea diverse.
North Korea is one of the last family-run dictatorships in the world. They have been determined to become a “Powerful and prosperous” nation (Kiener). North Korea is so set on being extremely powerful and building nuclear weapons but has not been able to feed their people for years. Missile testing has become more and more common from North Korea in the last year and has been striking fear into all nations around them. North Korea has launched missiles over Japan and most recently Hawaii; they have also conducted six underground nuclear weapon tests. Not only has North Korea become a threat to South Korea but also to the rest of the world. People all over the world are asking how can we protect ourselves and what actions will be made to stop North Korea from creating havoc throughout the world.
North Korea has been a place of conflict both domestically and internationally since its establishment in 1948. Although most of the talk around the world is concerning how North Korea is a big threat to other countries, their internal troubles are far more catastrophic and costly. The main domestic problem that North Korea faces is the existence of concentration camps that are not for prisoners of war, but for their own people. These camps encourage the mistreatment of North Korean citizens, who are trapped in these societies defenselessly. The effects of these camps has, and will continue to be, detrimental to North Korean society. The establishment of political prison camps in North Korea has lead to constant dehumanization of their people,
North Korean refugees: Fear and Fleeing Since their independence from Japan in 1945, there has been great strife between the communist Koreans and the democratic Koreans. After the two sides went to war, aided by Russia and the U.S.A respectively, they split the nation along the 38th parallel. Since the 1950’s
North Korea Summary This paper will be a summary of North Korea that will cover some of the history behind the country. This history is essential for showing why the country operates as it does. I will then cover political, military, economic, social, and information aspects that try to give a picture of a general life in North Korea. In the midst of doing so, I will attempt to demonstrate an updated operational picture of North Korea as I see it being pertinent in a military operation. I will jump topics out of order as each aspect plays into other aspects, life, and functionality of North Korea.
Understanding how North Korea as a country defines itself in a changing world. Where do they derive their customs and practices, political standings and military power? Define North Korea’s history leading into the modern age and define its culture and characteristics and how they interact with the world today. Understanding a subject as broad as the term culture begins where the culture began with the birth of civilization and the people that influenced it. There are many factors that play a role in the shaping of a nation none so much as turmoil and conflict and the Korean peninsula saw its fair share for the better part of a millennia. A complete statistical breakdown of North Korea shows a struggling nation that strongly depends on