Essay about North Korean Diaspora

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“Juche” Government

As countries in today’s world are becoming more globalized, one country, North Korea, has stayed and moved in the complete opposite direction since it was divided in 1948. North Korea, described by many as a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship, but is officially deemed as a “socialist republic” state, is one of five remaining communist states and one of only two remaining countries that have an almost entirely government planned, state-owned economy.
For instance, “Economic plans in North Korea are drawn out, supervised and implemented under the unitary system centered around the State Planning Committee and passed down to the provincial, municipal and district levels to the factories and small businesses. Each
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Even though North Korea has tried to cooperate with the US, Japan, and South Korea, these countries still seem to have more hostility towards North Korea than liking. Most recently, “North Korea has cut all ties with South Korea” (Thatcher).
In addition, to North Koreas’ “Juche” government policies, it has led many to see that they have a skeptical and SPG perspective on globalization. A skeptical perspective is when a nation does not believe in globalization and the interest is only on the state level and not national. In the SPG perspective from an economic standpoint, also known as “Marxian political economic perspectives, suggest that winners and losers under competitive capitalism reflect inherent biases within a free-market system-biases that clearly favor the owners of the means of production” (O’Brien and Leichenko 92). This can also be referred to as state capitalism. In North Korea, the owners are the single party government. Everything is state-owned. The people there all get paid minimal amounts while all the profits go to the government. For example, “In a nation where the average monthly salary is $47, North Korea earns $50 for every foreigner who visits” (Knipp). This statistic shows how much the government obtains from their production if something as small as getting $50 for every foreigner who visits is more than the monthly average salary

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