I've watched a few documentaries on North Korea, which does seem like a fascinating country.
The discourse about North Koreans can range from dismissiveness to open-minded concern.
In some cases there were moments in a war museum where Americans first heard of their own historic atrocities that were wiped from their own
However, there's always a sense that the land and the people are a kind of relic, like some lost tribe frozen in time from a once mighty Marxist
One usually starts by offering flowers and bowing to a statue of the Dear Leader.
Then, most of the sights are the same across the documentaries.
An underground railway station, a friendship museum, traditional theatrics from children, a dam, and the border post with South Korea.
Yet, one never hears from the ordinary people.
Tourists always have minders.
I sometimes wonder about the old South Africa of my youth, and what we would have blogged if the Internet existed and was allowed before 1994.
That's not a direct comparison between countries and systems by any means, and the countries were very different, apart from the fact that we were
also made to believe we were normal, while much of the world thought we were crazy.
Anyway, I'd love to hear thoughts on what the rest of the world thinks North Koreans might say here.
Serious thoughts are welcome, and so is some humor and sarcasm (just please do make the difference clear, perhaps with an emoticon).
5-4-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)