S: NORTH KOREA - CMST 340
FC: NORTH KOREA | 2012
1: NORTH KOREA CMST 340 | by Sean Bennett Garet Handy Ryan Smith
2: History of a Nation | http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Kim-Jong-Il-Hosted-Military-parade.jpg | The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, is a state that occupies the northern half of the Korean peninsula. North Korea is a fairly new state, founded in 1948 as a result of the post-colonial settlement handed down by the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR). The United States and the USSR replaced the Japanese in 1945 and divided the peninsula into the American south and the Soviet north. For much of its short history, North Korea was regarded as a Soviet satellite state. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, however, North Korea's unique socialism has stood out in the post-Cold War world.
3: North Korea prides itself in it's military power and frequently conducts national parades that are designed to honor the leader of the country whom is regarded as the savior of the land and display the military might the leadership holds so dear to their survival. | Democratic Republic of North Korea | http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/North-Korea.html
4: Religion of a Nation | While North Korea theoretically permits religion, and someone visiting may meet a Buddhist nun or monk, there is hardly freedom of religion. The monk and nuns that tourists see are not permitted to have followers; they themselves are likely followers of the nation's political leader at the time. In tradition North Korea has roots in Christianity which played an important role in the organization of anti-Japanese resistance of the colonial period.
5: In the Korean culture Confucianism is a tradition, though this is not part of modern North Korea as it was in the past. The leader Kim Il Sung introduced a leader-focused socialism that has taken place of a religion; one could say that the nation's religion is subservience to the political leader of the time which is often depicted in a paternalistic manner, personified as a benevolent father whom looks over the whole population as a supreme leader and head of the nation.
6: The North Korean culture can be described generally, as part of East Asian culture, as centered on Chinese Confucian tradition where significant homogeneity exists. All Koreans speak one language, use a unique and indigenously developed alphabet 'hangul', and belong to the same racial stock - part of the Altaic family of races. | Values of a Nation
7: The family-centered Confucian ethics play a pivotal role in the North Korean society but other cultural tradition exists in the form of folkloristic Shamanism that puts a emotion and affections at the forefront of interpersonal relations. Koreans usually place much value on family and family-related matters in their lives. This kind of attitude and social behavior may be called 'familism'-directed culture.
8: Social Organizations of a Nation | Here we see the daily life of a the North Koreans as they travel back and forth between government jobs and government directed social functions that are usually rooted in praising the current Supreme Leader. The government of North Korea restricts its citizens from gathering without permission and is quite strict in its adherence to this principle of control. Some may be permitted to travel for religious purposes, but it must meet a government standard to be permitted.
9: The Arch of Reunification, located in the capital city of Pyongyang, seen here was constructed in 2001 to commemorate the Korean reunification proposals put forward by the supreme leader, Kim Il-sung. The two woman's heads portrayed here represent the North and South leaning forward to identify the sphere in between them bearing the map of a hopeful reunified Korea. These social relations are always rooted in politics.
10: A professional government sanctioned instructor advising his students on the proper method of applying the ancient Chinese rooted calligraphy symbols of their language. Calligraphy is a common learned value of most North Koreans that have a higher social status, usually in a government position of power. | Non-Verbal Communication of a Nation
11: Here we notice the written characters called 'hanja' and illustrated beautifully against a canvas for display to the public. The language has a deep tradition that has evolved from The People's Republic of China and it's important to note many believe the grammar and vocabulary show significant similarities to the Japanese language.
12: Language of a Nation | Radio Free Asia uses the Korean airwaves here to interview dissidents and defectors from North Korea and provide in-depth discussions of the current events of the nation of North Korea and the peninsula in general. The language in the area is common to all the residents and this sort of free speech is not permitted in North Korea, though it still permeates the region and provides some real news to the people.
13: The Chinese students here organize a rally to protest China's decision to repatriate citizens of North Korea that had fled north into China to seek political asylum. This gives voice to North Korean's from outside the nation as this would not be permitted inside the North Korean borders. The fear is if they are sent back, they will face execution.
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