Monday, June 25, 2007
Film Culture and Fashion
As we discussed in class, film is a huge part of North Korea society and ideology. A South Korean professor noted in this article just how influencial and important film is. As she says, Kim Jong-Il loves film, but is also smart to incorporate it into propaganda and politics. I find the second part of the article, on fashion, interesting as well. When Kim decided that people should start wearing suit and ties to work, the result was a bit odd, as people without dress shirts would wear ties over tshirts, or whatever they were able to obtain. One thing I am not sure I agree with however, is when she states that female labor is not as valued as male labor. Not sure what she means exactly, she may very well mean on the upper levels of administration, but from what we've seen women are an important part of the workforce.