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Kim Jong Un’s War On K-Pop Is A Sign Of North Korea’s True Weakness

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a constant fixture in world news. Yet, this summer he has been making the news for something unexpected — his crackdown on youth culture. Recent decades have seen elements of South Korean culture seeping through the Chinese border via the black market. And according to Kim Jong Un, South Korean slang and fashion borrowed from K-pop and K-dramas harm “the new generation’s ideological mind-set.” The regimes’ reaction to harmless South Korean terms exposes a weakness that the free world should exploit.

Rather than use the cute nickname “oppa” to describe a boyfriend, North Korean girls are now instructed by the government to use the term “male comrade.” Public displays of affection are also considered a sign of foreign influence. And the haircuts and fashion young people adopt are under scrutiny. Those who violate state-imposed rules regarding these matters are supposedly the “sworn enemy of the revolution.”

As the North Korean regime throws wet blankets on relationships and mandates bland socialist streetwear, we must ask, why does the North Korean regime care about any of this?

The answer is simple:........

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