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North Korea’s Culture After the Korean War

2 Pages 622 Words October 2019

North Korea in over 50 years of separation from South Korea has become stern in information and program availability such as dancing, music and museum tours for its citizens but still wishes to promote nationalism with said restrictions. This “nationalism,” however, is warped in order to fit Kim Jong-un's, North Korea’s Supreme Leader, needs. Regimentation exists among the North Korean people in that they perform synchronized events every year without fail, leading to the assumption that all North Koreans are equally alike, yet a few minor differences can still be noticed. Especially those of different economic echelons.
Kim Jung-un and his employees/supporters make use of their talent agents, “North Korea's modern musicians play an essential role at home as propagandists for the government1.” Additionally, most villages and homes have a television so the yearly scheduled demonstrations or rallies are available to all North Korean generations. Since information is leaked all the time from outside the North Korean borders Kim Jung-un is able to speak directly through radios and TV reminding why his regime is to their benefit and that they are living the traditional Korean life by keeping their lives private as a nation and that outside influences will only bring about a loss of their traditions.
(U) The presentations of North Korean art are carefully crafted in order to show a sense of normalcy that other western countries have. This differs from what the North Korean people believe in actuality. “The North Korean people are no longer socialists, nor do they respect their leader. They are instead free-market capitalists who are loyal to themselves.”2 Pointing to the fact that what culture North Korea did retain after fighting numerous wars throughout the first half of the 20th century eroded as the North Korean people went through hardships and barely survived the food scarcity of the 1990s where other communistic countri...

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