The QiRanger Adventures

Views on North Korea

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First off… HAPPY CHUSEOK! Now for something related to what’s going on here, as power appears to be shifting up north:

This past weekend, Jo and I took a trip out to Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone. With all the press that North Korea gets, I thought I’d find out what foreigners think about our neighbor to the north and how it affects their daily life. Thanks to Evan, Rachel, Cassie, and Johanna for being in the interview section.

Written by Steve Miller

September 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

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  1. How does it affect my daily life? It doesn’t. It’s something that is just there in the background and you just forget about it unless something crops up in the news.

    It’s rather bizarre because I feel that it should matter more. It’s the elephant in the room that my Korean co-workers never talk about unless I bring it up. I’d be interested in what your Korean co-workers have to say

    Have a happy Chuseok


    September 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    • Most never talk about it or think of it as a concern. I view it more of a western media hype than anything else. Yes, DPRK has assets and have shown this year they’re still in play, but on a large-scale map, I don’t think they can hold a candle to ROK/UN forces. I still see smaller events taking place in the foreseeable future. Most of my co-workers think so as well.


      September 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

  2. Your blog is so good. I am Korean. Here Korea, there are main polictical isuues; eoconomics,education, welfare and relationship between North and South. The relationship between north and south is very important polictical issue to South’s polictics. Actually, it doesn’t affect S.Korean’s daily life directly now. And, most Korean don’t warry about war or attack and terror from North. Because it didn’t happen untill now. and North is not a stupid. Korean peninsula problem is not a problem just only to South and North. The relationship between South and North is also global problem. South and North are just on the power game among powerful nations of the world.
    There are China and Russia behind North, and there are America and Japan behind South. Nobody wants war or political strife in Korea. All Korean know very well that and not only North but also South, Russia, China, Japan and USA are in play. Both Korea are just using that now. In the near future, I think, maybe, USA will use North to contain China by some means. Definitely, North will also use USA. Deep down, most Korean know well about that, not saying outwardly, daily.
    My English is poor. Pls understand my English.
    Happy 추석!

    Jay Jeong

    September 23, 2010 at 1:46 am

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my post and read my blog. I really appreciate it! I try to learn as much about the places I visit and live in!


      September 23, 2010 at 6:39 am

  3. Thank you very much my friend, you are very kind in sharing this useful information with? others…. he details were such a blessing, thanks.

    Marie Chelle

    September 24, 2010 at 11:24 pm

  4. I can’t say that all this is purely macho posturing from the North. However, many newspapers here, save the Christian Science Monitor, are a bit hawkish on N.Korea. As they are with “The Ground-Zero Mosque”. This needed to sell newspapers. Remember that quote from Citizen Kane, after he hears there is no war in Spain? He Kane responds, “You supply the pictures, and I’ll supply the war.”

    However, irrational escalation and progressive traps, by the N.Korea’s policy is something that should not be taken lightly. That entire area has a history of blind attacks on one another, that were the end results of brinkmanship – something practiced very well throughout the Orient.

    The United States has also stepped up it’s game to keep things regulated in the area by fortifying Guam, as it did with Hawaii before WWII.

    There is a very real threat, in other words the weapons are there. And we do not know the fail-safes and psychology of the N.Korea’s decision makers.

    When Hitler was building up his lines against France, he assured the French, he was just doing it to confuse the Russians. When he eventually did attack, the French were so unorganized, so shocked, they could not believe Germany was attacking them. So much so, they tried to contact Hitler directly to see what was going on, instead of retaliating. This cost them control of Northern France and its Atlantic coasts.

    I am sure many in France thought things were just fine and dandy before the attack.

    The Faustian Man

    September 25, 2010 at 6:19 am

  5. I linked this video on my blog. It was nice to meet you in Myeongdong the other day! Too bad I couldn’t look at the camera properly for you..


    September 28, 2010 at 12:17 am

    • Ah, no worries. Thanks for being a part of the project! I really appreciate it!


      September 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

  6. thanks


    October 13, 2010 at 3:21 am

  7. Just one question: How many Koreans on both sides of the border died due to North Korea’s actions over the last year by building up its nuclear arsenal in the north while the poor starved and in the south via releasing flood waters down river or torpedoing a Southern ship? They sound like truly misunderstood and swell guys.

    John from Daejeon

    November 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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