We all are aware of the political situation in North Korea and the consequences people there have faced over the years.
The Rule of Kim Jong-un has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
North Korea functions as a highly centralized, one-party republic. According to its 2009 constitution, it is a self-described revolutionary and socialist state “guided in its activities by the Juche idea and the Songun idea”.
But times are changing and the younger generation of North Korea is leading this change.
The Torchbearers of Change:
The kids born in ‘80s and ‘90s grew up during a time when the regime couldn’t provide for them, so they had to rely on their ingenuity and fellowship to survive.
The youth of North Korea has been untouched from many modern technological advancements.
This has made them aware of the importance of rights and need for a strong people centric constitution.
This generation is the first to see the regime as a barrier that must be overcome in order to succeed in their ambitions and to survive.
North Korean millennials also have access to information that their parents could never have dreamed of.
Instead of being restricted to watching state-sanctioned propaganda for news and entertainment, these young adults have access to information from the outside world.
This information is traded on DVDs, USBs and even Micro-SD cards at marketplaces called jangmadang.
Through this technology, they’re able to watch South Korean dramas and foreign films and this media is changing the way they view the world.
In an interview with The Guardian, Yeonmi Park, a resettled North Korean who now works as an activist on this issue, recalled watching Titanic back in North Korea. “Everything in North Korea was about the leader, all the books, music and TV,” she said. “So what was shocking to me about Titanic was that the guy gave his life for the woman and not for his country – I just couldn’t understand that mindset.”
The Workers Party Congress:
On May 6, Kim, who is believed to be 33 years old, will preside over the first Workers’ Party congress in 36 years.
International media outlets have received rare invites to Pyongyang to cover the historic political gathering, which is expected to last for at least two days, and possibly longer.
This congress is expected to initiate a process which could someday translate into reforms.