Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Traffic Controller at the Crossroads

Yes you too you too are people. –Carl Sandburg, The People, Yes The image of the North Korean traffic controller is familiar to those who follow North Korea: a man or woman in a blue and white uniform and white hat, … Continue reading

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Nuclear Weapons

This year’s delegation trip to the DPRK occurred during a time of high military tension between the DPRK and the ROK. One example of this tension is that on our first full day in Pyongyang, we heard (leaked from the … Continue reading

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Bojagi — Introduction

This series of bojagi pieces was written by the 2011 KEEP-D delegation. Bojagi is a traditional cloth used to wrap and carry items. In wartime, people would wrap their belongings in a bojagi and carry their possessions on their backs. … Continue reading

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Lee Omonim’s Song

On the way from Pyeongyang to the Chongsanri cooperative farm, Lee Hwa-il “omonim” (mother), as we fondly called our guide, sat in the front of our fifteen-passenger van, faced backwards to look at all of us, and sang a song … Continue reading

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Equity, a Work in Progress

When I entered college in the California State University system in 2006, the tuition fee for full-time students per academic year was $2,520; it has now been increased to $5,472 for the upcoming academic year. In the U.S. and in … Continue reading

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Food in the DPRK

Our first morning in the DPRK, we awoke early to take a walk by the Daedong River and noticed this EU truck parked in front of our hotel.  During our visit, the EU announced that 10M Euros of food aid … Continue reading

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“Let’s Breakthrough to the Cutting Edge”

Lyrics of “Let’s Breakthrough to the Cutting Edge” 1. Whatever we set our minds to, made according to a program Pride of the machine industry in the songun era, our style CNC technology. CHORUS: CNC is the power of Juche … Continue reading

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