No matter where you are in the world, it seems everyone you know; from your grandparents and parents, to your teachers, and even comedians, all seem to have an opinion on how their country is run. Often times we pick at the flaws of our nations, but we don’t realize that in some odd way this is a luxury; in certain countries, that act is punishable by a gruesome execution, just ask the people of North Korea.
North Korean citizens constantly live in fear, trying to abide by the laws, when their rights are pretty well non-existent. It’s horrifying to think that executions are as normal in North Korea as any other activity.
In recent world news dictator Kim Jong Un reportedly sentenced 50 party officials to their deaths for a number of offenses, such as singing a pop tune in a Karaoke session that wasn’t very pleasing to their “supreme leader,” and another for watching Korean dramas. It wasn’t revealed as to why or which dramas caused the demise of these individuals, just the fact that it was related to their choices. In North Korea, everything must reflect Kim Jong Un. Therefore, all media, internet, and television is under strict control by the oppressive state, despite the fact that banned foreign shows and films that threaten their agenda have been gaining momentum in recent years.
Everyone knows life isn’t easy at all in North Korea, so we don’t question these everyday incidents. What may be surprising to some is that is that K-pop is secretly growing and making its way through many homes. Last time this happened, a citizen was arrested and executed for listening to South Korean music, most notably Girls Generation. This really highlights the oppression that is going on in the communist nation. Now, I can write and give you an essay on all of this, but let’s stick to the KMusic aspect. What’s even more fascinating, is how some citizens live these double lives and acquire these enjoyable yet deadly pastimes. K-drama’s and K-pop were acquired on the black-market through USB and other shared devices.
In all,everyday these human beings are having their rights taken away, even the right to consume as they please, such as the well known delicacy known as the ChocoPie. These pies were once distributed from the factories for free, until they were made illegal in fear of a revolt, and since it appeared to remind the government of capitalism.
As you read about your favorite Korean stars, remember that it’s a luxury and that it can be easily taken away. Hopefully one day the oppression of the citizens of North Korea will come to an end, and as citizens of the world we should fight for them and their rights as if they were our own.
Edited by: Laura Dees