The Relationship Between South And North Korea

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Korea has a history over 5000 years and yet does not seem to be able to maintain it as one country. Due to North Korea’s struggle with her economy, a myriad of North Koreans evacuates to South Korea by crossing over the 38th parallel and risking their lives. Nevertheless, walking around Seoul, there are hardly any North Koreans. When they are found in public, South Koreans either keep distance from them or stare at them with despise; the 38th parallel seems to be segregating the North and the South among society as well. North Koreans recognize the hatred and either stay away from the public’s sight or go choose to undergo poverty by going back to their country. People recall the root of Korea’s segregation to the Korean War. For more than …show more content…
According to Appiah, treatment is the third stage: people “to treat someone as an X is to do something to her because she is an X.” The separation and dislike for each other deepened from the feeling of necessity to treat other groups with unkindness, which is a frequent form of treatment. Lastly, norms of identification stage affect the relationship that South and North Korea currently has. Since the Korean War, South and North Korea associate in different societies which results in varying governments and goals as a whole. North Korea relied more on group’s efficiency and success, which gradually forced uniformity and somewhat violence from the authorities. In contrast, South Korea enforced diversity and individuals’ freedom and rights. North Koreans predicted South Korea to end up in chaos due to her open-mindedness and “lazy” control from the government; South Korea believed that North Korea will govern people with terror and dehumanization. This behavior is even supported by Wendy Doniger, the writer of “Many Masks, Many Selves.” Doniger states that “individuals are often driven to self-impersonation through the pressure of public expectations.” Both societies affected individuals’ behaviors by unconsciously implanting their governmental goals. Therefore, their norms of each other’s identification augmented their hatred for each other and concluded with lack of hope for unity. The separation of North and South Korea caused by their contrasting ascription during the Korean War, while under Japan’s invasion, Koreans managed to associate themselves in one group and Japanese in the

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