North Korea’s Latest Raid Affects Dialects Kpop News

North Korea’s Latest Raid Affects Dialects Kpop News

North Korea has been trying to tighten cultural control over its people for some time. In order to prevent the country from being influenced by the capitalist south, the government has recently taken questionable measures. After theater and music were removed from South Korea, the government’s new target is language.

Kim Jong Un | NPR

In North Korea, the consumption of any South Korean product, whether technological, cosmetic, intellectual or cultural, has been strictly forbidden for decades. But even under tight control, North Koreans have often managed to pirate South Korean songs, films and dramas and consume them clandestinely.

Since 2021, however, Kim Jong Un’s government has reportedly grown insecure amid growing dissent among young North Koreans. Some believe the intrusion of content from the outside world has “corrupted” young minds. To curb their voices, the regime began imposing draconian punishments on people who dared to be influenced by global culture. Recently, the world was shocked by the news that the regime publicly executed two teenagers for watching and distributing South Korean dramas.

North Korea has been criticized for publicly executing high school students for watching K-dramas

In addition, the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea enacted a new law to protect the Pyeongyang dialect, the standard dialect of North Korea, to prevent the spread of the South Korean dialect among the general public. According to the North Korean Central News Agency, the new law aims to “remove anti-regulatory elements… and actively protect and preserve the Pyongyang dialect.

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North Korean officials attend the Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang on Wednesday | Chosun Ilbo

A North Korean defector explained that many northerners like him spend a lot of time looking at K-dramas, so they tend to subconsciously adopt southern dialects. Now it would be distressing to speak in a way that is obviously influenced by South Korean culture.

Interestingly, reports in 2021 indicated that the North Korean regime was already cracking down on young men who dressed in Southern style or spoke in their own way, including younger wives calling their older husbands.Grandpa. If the deaths of the teenagers are any indication, this new law will only push the boundaries of the regime’s brutality against the public.