In North Korea, a generation gap grows behind the propaganda

In North Korea, a generation gap grows behind the propaganda

Pyongyang, North Korea (AP) – She dances under the portraits of two smiling dictators, a modern girl in a central square in Pyongyang returned to music calling on the North Koreans to die for their leader.

When he speaks, a torrent reverence is about the ruling family of North Korea, as if the phrases were randomly removed from a government newspaper: “The Great Leader’s Revolution” … “Workers believe and worship Marshal Kim Jong Un “.

And as hundreds of students are dancing behind her in a choreographed demonstration of loyalty, she is convinced of one thing: North Korea, she insists, has no generation gap.

“The spirit of youth remains the same as always!” Said Ryu Hye Gyong.

But look closer – look beyond his words, beyond the propaganda posters on every street, and the radio playing hymns to the ruling family – and the tacit reality is much more complicated.

A 19-year-old university student with a confident handshake and carefully wrought hair, Ryu lives in a city that now feels flooded with change. There are rich people now in Pyongyang, warmed to Mercedes, as well as citizens of most of the state of the police are still in poverty.

There is a supermarket that sells disposable diapers. On the sidewalks, where everyone dressed in Maoist harmonic compliance, there are young women in teenage minijuines and there are not enough young people with sideways-style K-pop baseball caps.

In this deeply isolated country, a generational division grew in silence.

Here, where leaders have long been worshiped as all-powerful providers, youth passed into adulthood without expecting anything from the plan.

His life, career aspirations to dating habits, is increasingly shaped by a growing market economy and a business booming underground television programs and music smuggling. Political fervor is broken by something else: a ferocious belief in the power of money.

Talks with more than two dozen North Korean refugees as well as academics, former government officials and activists point out that young people are increasingly confused by the powerful ideology that the government has long put in the center each life.

“When Kim Jong Un talks, young people do not listen,” said Han Song-Yi, 24, who left the North in 2014, the dream of pop music fame in the South. “They just pretend to listen.”

In her tight-fitting shorts and golden eyelashes, Han likes to talk about fashion and K-pop bands that she and her friends secretly listening to.

Can also deconstruct the way the sudden appearance of short skirts in her hometown in the fall of 2012 reflects not only the rise of Kim Jong Un, the new leader has often photographed his glamorous wife, but also the growing political cynicism around she.

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