This article went deeper into what the book talks about with the propaganda or what the people of North Korea were allowed to watch or listen to. North Korea is very strict with this policy but there are of course those with intelligence to tweak it and go around it. To me this is part one of the brainwashing systems they had in place so that the people don’t find out about anything other then what they are telling or teaching them. Only certain people could have this radios and then they also came up with another style radio that was a one channel radio and could not be interfered with. Messing with the dictator was a serious offense even if it’s messing with his picture on the front page of a newspaper. Bottom line is that North Korea’s leader does all it takes to make sure the people are loyal to him and to North Korea.
To whom does North Korea post the most threat? I believe its the kids that takes it harder then any other set of groups in North Korea. And hen I say the kids I mean the kids of those in the workers party, the kids of teachers, the kids of the poor, and so on. The kids take the heat no matter what the dictator or what party member or what the poor parent does. The kids have no say in the land or have no say period. They have no voice yet do as they are told to do.
I believe that this is the case for all people in North Korea, it’s not just certain people but most people that want to be successful. I think it’s more of who has the opportunity to make it in this society. Theres many benefits when you are a highly intelligent person in North Korea. These are the types of people that they want in their party. Dr. Kim is a different type of person, she does not take non sense from anybody but at the same time has a tremendous heart for human life. She takes a lot of pride in the things that she does and this can put her in harms way against the regime. But then again I believe that her job and the importance of the lives that are entrusted in her hands is also a safeguard for what may seem to be an act of defience against the regime.
This article goes into more detail of what were actually reading in Nothing To Envy. The article gives us other examples or stories of events that other people reported which are just like those that were reading in this book. We know of all the spies and neighbors telling on neighbors or relatives telling on relatives. We also know of the possibility that it doesn’t matter your rank because you can lose that at any time. And in the beginning of the article theres Kim Pyongha who was a distant relative of Kim Il Sung and was purged while thousands of officers were sent to labor camps. Theres the vet that uttered about only pigs being the only ones that live happy lives, he was shot and family sent to prison camps. The articles also talks about the inminbang and their task as surveilance gaurdians and all their other unpleasant tasks. The one that struck me though were the police searches done at night sometimes while people were sleeping and they were deep thorough searches. These and everything else that were reading in the book is being touched on in this article and I can see why the author was drawn to this article. This is a high quality article because of the similarities and evidence or proof of the lives of North Koreans and what they go through.
I been thinking a lot about the people of North Korea being under the leadership of Kim Jon Il. Especially because as time goes by they catch on to what’s going on with the shortage of supplies or food portions, clothes, etc. The con act if you will of the dictator against them. People are not blind to it but the question is what are they or what can they do about it. I mean we can read the book and say from where we stand or live today why don’t they do this or that but given their circumstance or situation can they really do anything? Just thinking about the consequences that they face, is it worth it to risk it all? There’s a slim chance that someone can succeed and maybe later we’ll see how it all unfolds but as of now in the book risking your family being doomed to try and go against somebody as powerful as Kim Jon Il or against his will? Is that even a choice to consider? Something to give thought to.
This is a very sad situation to be in, to know that you had a chance to be free and that the chance came and went and you did not know about it. I can only imagine that to go through this thinking process is to just suck the life out of you. It explains why some of the South Koreans are still suck in North Korea and living in this hell. This also shows the evil that is North Korea and just how they don’t play fair. Not to mention the low confidence or faith that some of these people have because of being is this situation. I believe the author wrote this article so that we can see the life of those that are living in North Korea whether it be by birth, by captivity or in the articles case by trickery.
To me no one in North Korea is safe from their dictator. Everything he does is for himself and for no one else. The way his system is run is to always keep everyone on their feet but also to self destroy everybody that is under it. He sets his self as god and sees the people as a world under him. The rules and laws are set so that no one can actually succeed but instead the people look to take down each other. It doesn’t matter if you got high rank or not because there is always somebody that has a higher status then you unless you are Kim Il Sung. Everyone in North Korea is under threat by their leader.