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    What is the impression of North Korea? Some people may say it's militaristic, whereas others may say it's isolated from other countries. These ideas are considered as conventional wisdom, which people can misunderstand depending on topics. Suzy Kim's book Everyday Life in The North Korean Revolution 1945-1950, and Hazel Smith’s book Markets and Military Rule support or challenge conventional wisdom. However, ways to analysis North Korea are different between two authors. Suzy Kim explains North Korea by using words, whereas Hazel Smith use numbers to analyze North Korea. Seeing politics, economy, and society of North Korea from different two views of Suzy Kim and Hazel Smith is the good way of understanding how North Korean state has been built. First, in different ways, Suzy Kim and Hazel Smith make clear that politics has influenced on state-building. Kim seems to focus on individuals in North Korea to explain it. She gives the example of the daily schedule of party cell instructors. What the party cell instructor did written in the daily schedule is divided by time zone; for example, a party instructor usually had a lunch at one o'clock, prepared for the lecture from 1:40 to two o’clock, and had afternoon lecture until six o’clock (Kim, 129). This explanation shows she pays attention to individuals rather than whole state, which is one of the characteristics of Kim’s ways of analyzing North Korea. By contrast, Hazel Smith’s analysis does not focus on explaining…

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    Kim Jong Un is the ruler of North Korea, one of the most isolated yet, well known unpredictable countries in the world .Kim Jong Un known for running a strict empire, and his ruthless control of his people. Their government is not only a dangerous environment for its people, but for the whole world. Its actions have had an anything but positive impact on North Korea, especially with their nuclear testing and its shelling of Yeonpyeong Island , it has caused them to have tension with other…

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    Juche Ideology Summary

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    The Juche ideology celebrates the greatness of the Korean race as embodied in the figures of the Great Leader Kim Il Sung, and in that of his successor the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. According to the testimonies of North Korean defectors, starting from their childhood people are taught to look at the two Kim as semi-divine infallible heroes which devoted their life in the struggle against Western and Japanese imperialism. Consistent with these findings, C. Richardson provided some precious insight…

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    Although North Korea shares its border with South Korea on the Korean peninsula, the two countries could not be anymore polar opposite. Originally one united country, the separation of the two states along the 38th parallel due to the aftermath of World War II explains the different ideologies that came to found each country. It can be argued that North Korea is one of the world’s most secluded countries. Even in the present day, North Korea has an isolationist stance with the rest of the world…

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    and to take it away would be against human rights. However, in North Korea people do not have the right to express their personal faith if it is different than the Juche religion, which is required by their government. They are not allowed to teach about God or carry a Bible. North Korea is one of the very few countries without religious freedoms. They are forced to believe the Juche religion or be faced with death or be sent to prison camps. Religious freedoms have been…

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    Religious Rights Brittanie Haight Campus High School In North Korea citizens are allowed no religious freedom. Providing no religious freedoms in a country is against human rights and every citizen should have equal right to freedom of religion. In North Korea people do not have the right to express their personal faith or do simple things like teach about God or carry a bible. Juche religion is very different from most religions but relates to other to religions. Compared to most…

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    North Korean Religion

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    State Vs Religion in North Korea (1198 words) The North Korean ideology – closer to a politic ideology than a religious one – is Juche, translated from Korean to ‘Self-reliance’, originating 1956 by Korean communist politician Kim Il-Sung. All other beliefs are completely prohibited and considered anti-state, and therefore crime, by the current dictator Kim Jong-Un. Juche worships Kim Il-Sung as ‘God’, Kim Jong-Il (Kim Il-Sung’s son) as the ‘Son of God’, and Kim Jong-Un (Kim Il-Sung’s grandson)…

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    North Korea’s use of capital punishment has both a positive and negative impact when it comes to issues of justice and formal legal practices. For North Korean government officials, the death penalty has a positive impact on the country through supporting its interest and practices. Two main interests of the state are: autonomy and homogeneity. The use of Juche allows the public to understand actions that are not “self-relied” upon. For instance, instead of relying on international help from…

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    The North Korean Famine

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    Refugees who attempt to leave the country without permission, successfully or unsuccessfully, are charged with the capital crime of treason (Lee and Jurg, 22). The previous example is a component of North Korea’s, Juche, correction system. Juche is described as a state rule and practice for “self-reliance” which patriotically emphasizes the country’s need for autonomy from international persuasion and empowering the sovereign (Weatherley and Jiyoung, 275). Moreover, if a citizen is found guilty…

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    Korean Peninsula was divided into two countries, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea). At the end of 1955, just a few years after the war ended, Kim Il-Sung (the leader of the DRPK) declared Juche to be the official state ideology of North Korea, which set the country on a path of hostility and isolationism. Juche means self-reliance, so by declaring it their official ideology, the North Korean government believed they did not…

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