Amid the growing influence of South Korean culture, North Korea’s 37-year-old leader Kim Jong Un is imposing harsher punishments on his country’s citizens who are ” caught red-handed” is listening to the genre of K-pop (Korean pop music) that is said to be “depraved”.
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The New York Times reported on Friday (June 11), the secret anti-K-pop campaign was brought to light by the media. Daily NK is based in Seoul, through internal documents smuggled out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Informations This was later announced by Korean lawmakers.
Dictator Kim Jong Un called the cultural importation from Korea a “evil cancer” are spoiling “dress, hairstyle, way of talking, manners” of North Korean youth, emulating the dance moves of the ’80s movie “Footloose” – but with a much darker twist.
In an apparent attempt to run his own “culture of obliteration,” Kim introduced new laws last December that stipulates that anyone caught viewing or holding Korean content can be sentenced to hard labor for up to 15 years. The maximum fine previously applied to “fans” of famous Korean groups like BTS is 5 years.
According to leaked documents, if the punishment isn’t severe enough, those who “smuggle” K-pop music could even face execution, while those who are “caught red-handed”. “is singing, speaking or writing along “Korean style” could be sentenced to 2 years in a labor camp.
Last May, a North Korean citizen was executed by firing squad for selling South Korean music and other entertainment products.
Korean entertainment products have long been smuggled across the border North Korea, originally saved as cassettes and later on Chinese flash drives. However, as the Daily Mail reports, the head of the “Kingdom of Hermits” (referring to North Korea) has intensified his anti-capitalist rhetoric in recent months, as he finds his country increasingly become susceptible to cultural influences from the South.
In February, Kim Jong Un ordered the country’s provinces, cities and districts to curb the rise of capitalism’s influence. North Korean state media even warned that Pop music could make the country “collapse like a moldy wall” if they don’t do something.
Indeed, the ban on K-pop comes at a rather bad time for this supposedly ‘deceptive’ regime, the lockdown of the country because of COVID-19 further crippled the economy. North Korea has been besieged for decades by mismanagement and US-led sanctions in response to leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program.
Experts say that, in the heat of the changes, young North Koreans are likely to still absorb customs from abroad and challenge the Kim regime.
“For Kim Jong Un, the cultural invasion from South Korea was beyond tolerable.” Jiro Ishimaru, editor-in-chief of Asia Press International, a Japanese newspaper that covers North Korea, said: “If this goes unchecked, he is concerned that his people may start to see the South as another Korea that can replace the North.”
People from North Korea’s “Millennials” generation (Millennials – a term used to refer to people born between the 1980s and the early 2000s) who grew up during the famine in the 1990s were particularly special. disillusioned with the state system, which has long crammed the notion that Korea is a hell full of beggars. If they watch Korean entertainment, they will learn that while they are starving without food, their Southern brothers are trying to lose weight through diets. Diet.
Not only K-pop, recently the North Korean government is also concerned that Korean slang words have begun to “infiltrate” daily conversations. More and more North Korean women are calling their boyfriends “oppa” (a common word for their favorite son in Korean dramas), instead of “comrade” – the title government to impose.
According to top secret sources, to eliminate the phenomenon that North Korean officials call “perverted” During this time, the state ordered searches on computers, text messages and “notebooks” to detect whether there was any trace of Korean slang. Anyone caught imitating these voices could be banished from the cities.
However, it may be too late to curb this trend. According to the New York Times, a South Korean study of 116 recent North Korean escapees found that about half of them “regularly” enjoyed South Korean entertainment products while living in North Korea. Tien.
“Young North Koreans think they owe nothing to Kim Jong Un.” Jung Gwang-il, a man who fled North Korea and previously smuggled K-pop products in his hometown, said: “He must correct his ideological control over the youth if he does not want to lose the foundation of his family’s rule of the country in the future.”
This is not the first time that dictator Kim Jong Un has cracked down on so-called “anti-socialist tendencies”. Last April, Mr Kim banned the style of jeans designed in tight silhouettes, in an attempt to sever a Western fashion trend that the government considers “degenerate”.
Vy An (According to FoxNews)