How Do North Koreans See America?

How Do North Koreans See America?

With a closed media and a fierce propaganda
program, North Korea might be considered to be a nation gripped in fear of the outside
world. But what do these people think about the outside
world, and in particular the USA? Relations have been tense between the two
nations since the ceasefire of the Korean War in 1953. But does that historic tension filter down
to the common man and woman on the streets in North Korea? This is what we will be exploring as we look
at the history between the two decades-long enemies, and how current events may change
the course the political future seems to be heading in. In today’s episode of the Infographics Show
we look at – What do North Koreans think of America? While most of those who live in Eastern civilization
live in a collective society, those from the West live in an individual society. Perhaps nowhere on the planet can we witness
the extremes of collective and individual society as in The People’s Republic of North
Korea and The United States of America. Collectivism puts an emphasis on the cohesiveness
among individuals to the extent that the group is more important than the individual. Collective societies work together towards
a common understood aim. Individualism on the other hand puts the worth
on the individual. This ideology believes that the individual’s
rights and beliefs should come before the rights of the state or social group. When understanding eastern and western civilization
it is important to make this distinction first and foremost. In 1910 Korea was annexed by Japan. After the Japanese surrendered towards the
end of the Second World War, Korea was divided into the North occupied by the Soviet Union
and the South occupied by the USA. The two sides were unable to rejoin as a nation
and in 1948 separate governments were assembled. North Korea invaded the South in 1950 and
a three year war followed until both sides agreed on a ceasefire. North Korea calls itself a self-reliant socialist
state and has formal elections. State-run enterprises and collectivized farms
are the means of the country’s production. Health care, education, housing and food production
are state-funded. Following the election of President George
W. Bush in 2001 the US considered North Korea a rogue state as the North Koreans worked
hard at acquiring nuclear weapons. By the first term of President Barack Obama
a policy of ‘strategic patience’ was adopted. North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-il
died of a heart attack on the 17th December 2011 and was swiftly succeeded by his youngest
son Kim Jong-un. On 12th June 2018 Kim Jong-Un met with US
President Donald Trump in Singapore. This summit, along with an earlier meeting
between North and South Korean premiers on the militarized border, was considered internationally
as a firm step towards peace between North Korea, South Korea, and the USA. The North Korean government censors art and
media, but Western films are available at private showings to high-ranking party members
and certain Western films are allowed to be viewed. Titanic, for example is often viewed by university
students as an example of Western culture. Also, it is key to note that many more Western
films are smuggled through as DVDs or aired by border TV and radio stations- so much of
what North Koreans think about America comes from three sources. One – From what the government tells and teaches
them. Two – from what they see on television and
hear on radio. And three – from what they experienced themselves
from the 1950s or what the elder generations tell them about Americans during the conflict. So what do most North Koreans think about
the west and in particular the United States? Well, many North Koreans assume North Americans
have lots of guns. Probably owing to the smuggled television
shows and movies they get to see. Many think Americans are all gun owners. Many North Koreans also assume that all Americans
are rich, live in big houses and drive expensive cars. Americans will hold hands and kiss on a first
date, which is not the “done thing” in a collective Asian society. And Americans are so individual that families
might split the bill at a restaurant – unheard of in the collective East. How much of all this is put together from
watching TV shows we’ll let you decide. Although in the past the North Korean government
had declared that the USA is one of the country’s enemies, many of North Korea’s citizens
don’t feel that way nowadays. According to an article first published in
the North Korea News many people in North Korea’s towns despise the Japanese but don’t
really hate Americans. The North Korean regime lectures its people
about its chosen ideologies but doesn’t succeed in totally brainwashing its people
when it comes to the USA. The elder generations who experienced the
Korean War are aware that the US didn’t commit the terrible war crimes that the current
North Korean regime claims they did. Some of the propaganda stories are horrific. There are stories of US soldiers tearing off
the limbs of North Koreans, they would cut out the eyes, rip off the noses, and routinely
hang North Koreans naked on trees. Those older North Koreans who were there at
the time recall American soldiers treating the women and children well, and even gifting
the children with chocolate and snacks, according to one news source. And then there is the unbeatable power of
television. As mentioned before American action movies
are popular (although illegal) in North Korea. When was the last time you saw the Americans
playing the bad guys in an international thriller? Some of the most popular movie franchises
in the People’s Republic are the James Bond series, Mission Impossible, and Home Alone. North Koreans love to watch the adventures
of American heroes. They also dig all the hi-tech gadgetry as
these are beyond the normal reach of the average North Korean. North Korean schools teach that those who
save their country are true heroes and are taught about the importance of the everyday
hero. However, such dreams can never be realized
in their patriarchal collective and communist society. The individual overcoming repression as an
entertainment medium is a concept people understand and enjoy all across the world no matter what
society they have been brought up in. Although most North Korean kids have never
laid eyes on an American in person, there is a museum in the town of Sinchon that focuses
on North Korean / American history. The Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities
shows Americans as sinister missionaries, vicious soldiers and experts of evil torture. This temple of anti-Americanism is open all
spring and summer when schoolchildren are exported on field trips to receive a healthy
dose of hatred for the good old US of A. The 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasefire,
but the war still has a place firmly in the hearts of many of the North Koreans. Many Americans refer to the conflict as the
‘forgotten war’ but the war figures deeply in the propaganda and identity of North Korea
as a nation. It is thought and hoped that as new recent
international relations between the North and South are strengthened these sentiments
will change. During the 2018 winter Olympics opening ceremony
both North and South Koreans marched under a united flag. And later in the year North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in shook hands after 65 years of
animosity. The two met at the militarized border and
the photographs of the event spread around the world, offering new hope for better relations
between the two nations. How do you think this newfound relationship
with North Korea and the world will work out? Was Donald Trump right to meet with Kim Jong-un
in Singapore? And how do you think the average North Korean
sees America in light of these new events? Let us know in the comments. Also be sure to check out our other video,
USA vs North Korea – Who Would Win. Thanks for watching and as always, please
don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “How Do North Koreans See America?

  1. I like to think of the North and South Koreas can make things better for each other but I feel like they both have there thumbs floating over the trigger if there was a slight disagreement.

  2. I'm a guy that didn't cry when I saw the Titanic movie but when I saw a bird pass away I was pushed to tears

  3. I’m SOUTH Korean (part North, cause my paternal North Korean grandfather escaped to the South during the war) , and I hope both Koreas unite soon; at least by my 18th birthday. Because I’ve heard South Korean men must go to the military if North Korea still exists. I don’t wanna go lol

  4. North Koreans are watching Propaganda.
    So,they obviously think they are Gods or something.
    Jesus: how dare you

  5. I wanna see the Museum of American Atrocities!
    Go in there and be like "yea, Im an American, your move" hahahahaha

  6. It's kinda funny (not "haha" funny).

    All counties who claim to value the group over the individual, pretty much always has a single "benevolent leader" and a small band of stooges that live in unbelievable luxury while the rest of the people starve…

  7. Does anyone here know why America doesn't figure or get a mention in end-time Biblical prophecy? Thanks.

  8. Why do they try to get them to hate us i mean we can be jerks but we say sorry and things we donate to charity

  9. Here is a question what do we think about north Korea oh wait we don't think anything about them cuz 1 nuke would destroy them all lol

  10. The USA has really got a great propaganda machine of its own…much of what you say is no longer true since the patriot act passed into law.

  11. Your wrong you should have said How does kin Jon oen think of America and yes I now I misspelled his name wrong I did it as a sign of disrespect .

  12. I have a buddy that married a South Korean woman when he served on the DMZ and she ws surprised when she got here because she thought the streets are paved with gold. And this was 1989 in South Korea I can only imagine what North Koreans think America is like.

  13. Almost EVERYTHING they think of Americans is correct….

    Except for a couple splitting the bill at.a restaurant, EVERYONE knows thats a lie because the man ALWAYS pays.
    1% of american females may offer, but VERY VERY rarely do they pay ANY Bill.


  14. I’m “South Korean” not “North Korean” I’m saying thing because, my friends are racist, and thinks I’m “North Korean”

  15. Because of the lies they are always told, they really do hate America.
    Communism/Socialism is = mental retardation.

  16. Lol North Korea is like the high school kid that was picked on time and relived that day over and over again. The United States was the kid picked on him that one time lived to become a successful man who forgot about that day and is living peacefully.

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