Nothing From The Korean War On North Korea

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Book Review
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary lives in North Korea The novel,Nothing to Envy: Ordinary lives in North Korea, tells the stories of six North Korean citizens from Chongjin, third largest city in Democratic People 's Republic of Korea. After the Korean War in the 60th, the aid from Communist China and Soviet Union caused industrial growth in North Korea. During this time the daughter of a South Korean Prisoner of War described the hardships she faces as a citizen with tainted blood. The gap in social status leaves a couple to hide their relationship in the dark. Plus, a true believer: the mother of four, factory worker and respected citizen woke up every day to clean the portraits of Kim-Il Sung while battling her insurgent daugher who never respected the regime and since youth defied the supreme leader. In 1990, Soviet Union and China angered with North Korea 's failure to repay the debt which accumulated to $10 billion and decided to charge the full prices for their imports. After the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1991, North Korean economy faced a major downfall. The raw material and lack of oil resulted in the shutdown of factories, which meant there was nothing to export. Soon after there was no hard currency and electricity shortage began. In the following years the agricultural output lowered further, causing a food shortage. In a blink of an eye, people began to starve and the labor force decreased dragging the economy down into a death spiral. It became…
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