Field Trip to the DMZ (Blog #22)

The following is a response to another blogpost.

The DMZ was set more than 50 years ago with a truce that divided the Korean peninsula in two. Ever since, the two nations have took opposite approaches in developing as a society. The North adapted a form of socialism while the South adapted America’s democracy. While the North maintained their own culture, the South has been greatly influenced by the globilization. From social aspects to economic aspects, the two nations differ considerably. However, many people in both North and South Korea recognize each other as “Korean” as a whole.

In the documentary referred to, the 8-minute documentary we saw in class, it depicts a life of a North Korean who has spent most of her life in South Korea near the DMZ, separated from her family. Like her, many South Koreans’ family members are in the North, separated by the brutality of the Korean War. My grandfather himself has 8 brothers whom he was separated from during the war. The North and the South may appear divided, but truly inside is a queer emotional tie that brings South and the North together.


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