When someone hears about North Korea, most of the time, they might automatically think of the sadistic, manipulative regime that brainwashes its people. After the Korean War ended, North Korea has become the the most isolated, secretive country in the world (Cripps). However, as of 2010, North Korea has changed its policy to allow foreigners to visit in guided tours (Cripps). When the hermit nation opened the doors to travelers and foreign investments, cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few people to witness the life inside of Pyongyang when he was assigned to oversee the production of a cartoon in a North Korean animation studio. The graphic novel he produced as a result of his visit documents his experiences and provides a rare glimpse behind the …show more content…
Delisle regularly uses the technique of shading to isolate an image, or create contrast between the panels. An example of Delisle’s exemplary use of shading can be seen when Guy is walking back to the hotel. On the previous page, Guy is walking through pitch blackness with only the car lights flashing on him. Proceeding onto the next page, the reader can see only the outline of heavily-shaded buildings in the background; but in the center of the page, an image of the great leader is presented with bright lights, so the reader’s eyes naturally are drawn toward the center of the page (Figure 1). Delisle uses this technique to force his readers to focus on a specific detail in an image. On this particular page, Delisle wants to bring attention to the amount of propaganda that is scattered around North Korea and how the government only allows the people to see certain things. In addition to shading, the panel layout throughout this graphic novel is presented in a disoriented, but clever way. Delisle tends to zoom in or focus on an image to intensify the message or meaning. When Delisle first arrives in North Korea, he is immediately stunned by the statue of Kim Il-Sung. Delisle
Blaine Harden, former national correspondent and writer for the New York Times, delivers an agonizing and heartbreaking story of one man’s extremely conflicted life in a labor camp and an endeavor of escaping this place he grew up in. This man’s name is Shin Dong-hyuk. Together, Blaine Harden and Shin Dong-hyuk tell us the story of this man’s imprisonment and escape into South Korea and eventually, the United States, from North Korea. This biography that takes place from 1982-2011, reports to its readers on what is really going on in “one of the world’s darkest nations” (back cover of the book), that is run under a communist state and totalitarian dictatorship that was lead by Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and currently lead by Kim-Jong un. In Escape from Camp 14, Shin shows us the adaptation of his life and how one man can truly evolve from an animal, into a real human being.
The foreign team visited North Korea in an attempt to complete 1,000 surgeries for people with cataracts, which causes mild to extreme blindness. They had “minders” with them for the extent of their mission. A minder is a North Korean government official whose role is to monitor and make sure the team is doing everything as planned. They make sure everything is going the way they want it to. The minders are so serious about their job, that one of them threatened to kick the photographer out of the country for laying down to get a full shot of the giant statue of Kim Il-Sung. He explained that no one can lay down in front of the founder of North Korea, as, it is very disrespectful. Minders also act as a guide, translator and guard for the team.
Delisle, Guy, and Helge Dascher. Pyongyang: a journey in North Korea. Montréal, Quebec: Drawn & Quarterly ;, 2007. Print.
The documentary Crossing the Line, encompasses the life of James Joseph Dresnok, an American who defected to North Korea in 1962 and has made the totalitarian state his home. His dreadful childhood and the hardships he faced in life seem to be the driving factor in his decision to defect to North Korea. Director Daniel Gordon takes a neutral stand on Dresnok’s decision and this enables Dresnok to share his view of North Korea. Although this documentary does not provide a clear cut understanding of the unitary nation, as Dresnok has a very biased view of it, it is enough to conjure up prevalent political themes that are present in this documentary. Totalitarianism and realism, propaganda, and corruption, are significant political themes depicted
In other parts of the world such as North Korea where totalitarianism is in full effect in everyone’s daily lives. It is one of the countries who are sometimes referred to as the hermit kingdom, where they willing wall themselves off, either metaphorically or physically, from the rest of the world. As Big Brother controls the nation and is seen as the leader in the book, the Kim family has been in charge of Ko...
Dystopian governments in nowadays are acclaimed for dictating the entire lives of all its citizens, and everything in between instead of following the principle rules of Utopia which is referred to as an ideal and desirable society that is responsible for insuring the basic necessities for healthy human development for all of its willing individual citizens. The dystopian novel 1984, which was written by George Orwell in the year of 1948 has well represented a typical totalitarian government. In the novel, Big Brother, the dictator of Oceania, forces the citizens to believe in the doctrine of authoritarianism even though the facts behind the lies are brutal. Likewise, Guy Delisle, a French Canadian animator also describes his journey in North Korea in his own graphic novel Pyong Yang. The novel Pyong Yang truly reflects the miserable lives of the ordinary North Korean citizens whom do not belong to the ruling class. In short, the dangers of authoritarian society that is controlled by privileged party elite have been informed successfully by George Orwell ...
North Korea stands apart from the rest of East Asia. They future I predict for North Korea is uncertain, they are on a road to disaster. East Asia is a well-populated booing area. The region’s economic growth is phenomenal; they are integrating technology, and making long term plans for the future. North Korea is the only exclusion. North Korea is poor, isolated, and appears to have little grasp in reality. North Koreas leadership is focused on dictatorship, and on tactical measures to make other countries believe they are superior. They video shows the poor conditions that every North Korean has to live in. They force their children to dance and do gymnastics, from my interoperation just in case a tourist comes. I anticipate a collapse in the North Korean government, and more severe economic downfall, and civil war to break out. I do not believe the old saying “history repeats itself”, what I do believe is we can learn from other countries mistakes. I think that North Korea should take a gander at Syria and take notes of the way protestor’s rebel against the central government.
Rogue states under dictatorial rule threaten the fragile peace, which exists in our modern world. Constantly as a society Americans have always fought against these said foes. However all too often we pass a blind eye to the humanity of the enemies’ civilian populations. For more often than not, those who live within these systems are chronically oppressed. The nation of North Korea is no exception, with “Bing-brother always watching.” The government in North Korea pervades all aspects of life.
The targeted audience for this book could be people who are interested in learning about North Korean society. It could be people who seek to read about North Korea’s relation to South Korea, China, and Japan, since the book mentions all of the countries listed in relation to North Korea. Moreover, the targeted audience could as well be people who are curious about the government policies and security tactics made by the North Korean government. Nothing to Envy argues that North Koreans have little to no control over their lives as they are censored, governed and ultimately owned by the North Korean
Throughout this article, Dr. Fyodor Tertitskiy emphasizes that North Koreans are exposed to propaganda at an early age by the cruel cartoons and films displayed on television. These specific cartoons and films must send out an ideological message, specifically a patriotic one, in order to be approved by the state. One example is the North Korean television show “A Squirrel and a Hedgehog.” The show consists of a group of characters known as allies who constantly call their enemies negative remarks such as “bastards” and “scum”, using violence as a technique to defeat them. At first, one may think that it is a kid-friendly show just reading its title, however, little does one know that it is one of the many brutal cartoons shown in North Korean
The author's discussion of North Korea's use of propaganda contributes to the development of ideas in the text by stating their country uses propaganda extensively. One reason, that supports the author's discussion of North Korea's use propaganda is the restricted use of internet access over there. The author states, " In North Korea, access to the Internet is restricted to ensure it is more difficult for citizens to access non-government media sources." So, this means that the leaders or the government of North Korea do not tolerate their citizens gathering up information of the government related. This shows that they are controlling their citizens and also, shows that the government is cautious if their citizens being exposed to something
The split countries are now separated by a demilitarized zone spanning the 150-mile border; this 2.5-mile wide is scattered with over one million land mines (History.com). This border conveys the hostility and the differences between North Korea and South Korea. The DMZ does more than keep the two countries at peace; it keeps North Korean citizens from escaping their country. While South Koreans have the luxury of many human rights, North Korea, under the rule of Kim Jong-Il, are victims of their country. Blind to the outside world by way of strict censorship in all forms of media, the North Koreans praise their leader, regardless of the hardships they face. Cell-phones and Internet access are banned in North Korea while South Korea enjoys such luxuries. South Korean has evolved greatly into a constitutional democracy, while North Korea suffers under a
Throughout the global media North Korea’s isolation and Harsh rule has become increasingly secretive, although some facts have been detected (“North Korea Profile”, 1). According to data collected from The Guardian, eighty-one out of one-hundred people in South Korea have access to the internet, yet in North Korea around .1 out of one-hundred people have access to the internet . Not only is the greater population of North Korea disconnected from outside sources, yet leaders in North Korea are also isolated from outside sources; putting themselves at a disadvantage. North Korea may launch a war, but they are unaware as to what they are up against because of its secrecy . Around one million are serving in the North Korean Army, but when South Korea’s army; combined with the U.S’s army (their ally), the ratio of the North Korean Army is signi...
South Korea, once a broken country filled with broken families, has transformed itself into a fine example of perseverance in a tough situation. South Korea and its neighbor to the north have developed past where they were before the Korean War, but in different ways. The two countries, while certainly dependent on each other, are vastly different. Their conflicting styles of government and their differing cultures speak for themselves in this case. South Korea has, over the years, changed dramatically from the crippled country of the Korean War into a blossoming beacon of Asian cultural and economic changes. The combination of its recent economic importance, its heavy cultural influence, and its constant danger of participating in a war makes South Korea one of the most influential countries in the world.
To understand this situation more fully, one must be given some background, starting in the early 1950s. Due to the harsh differences between the peoples of Korea, and especially due to the onset of Communism, the Korean War erupted and the nation split in half, with the Communist-supported Democratic People’s Republic in the north and those who favored democracy in the Korean Republic of the south (Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2000). The two separate countries of North Korea and South Korea went their opposite ways, and each has experienced different fortunes in the past half-century. The South Koreans managed to recover from the turmoil of the 1950s and 1960s to become an economic power and a democracy supporter. On the other hand, North Korea can be viewed as a retro country, based first on a Communist ideology, laid down by leader Kim Il Sung and inherited by his son, the current dictator Kim Jong Il, then evolving into a totalitarian state (Pacific Rim: East Asia at the Dawn of a New Century). Today North Korea holds the distinction of being one of the very few remaining countries to be truly cut off from the rest of the world. Author Helie Lee describes this in her novel In the Absence of Sun: “An eerie fear crawled through my flesh as I stood on the Chinese side of the Yalu River, gazing across the murky water into one of the most closed-off and isolated countries in the world.” (1)