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Re: “Understanding North Korea

I want to first say, I'm definitely not as well versed as I'd like to be in regards to this subject but I've been trying my best to keep up.

Like most 1.5/2nd/3rd generation Korean-Americans, I've been taught little to nothing about the DPRK (or even the ROK actually -_-) growing up and had the same view as probably a majority of the people my age: crazy fucking Kim Jong Il and North Korea (oops but really, that's what a lot of us think/say/said). Thinking back, I realize I had NO idea what I was talking. It was a product of my ignorance... which wasn't necessarily my fault right? After all, the paragraph or so about Korea we have in our US history books is probably the only exposure most KAs had. Never mind our parents never really wanted to talk about it .

I UNDERSTAND why some people my age can have that common negative reaction when they hear anything related to the DPRK... because at one point I did too. That is why, even though I'm not full out doing tons of work as an activist, I do try to support (when I am of any use) by informing those around me of what is really going on and what has happened on the peninsula so as to clear up misconceptions. My opening line is that the Korean War isn't technically over... I usually get a confused head-scratching reaction. Then it's can of worms from there on.

This is definitely an article I would give to those head-scratchers I talked to (and was a refresher for myself also). Much thanks to the writer and Christine Ahn, Paul Liem, and Elaine Kim for their contributions and continued work.

Posted by J on 11/06/2009 at 11:39 AM

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