[KS] North Korea says multiracialism is poison
aoverl at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Apr 28 15:17:24 EDT 2006
P'yongyang's rejection of multiracialism goes back at least to the summer of 1963, when the KWP leadership launched a campaign against mixed marriages and resorted to various, often very brutal, measures in order to compel such couples to divorce. One cadre described mixed marriages as "a crime against the Korean race," a term which was then declared "Goebbelsian" by the East German ambassador (who presumably knew one thing or two about Nazism). The cases of which I know all involved European (mainly Soviet) spouses, which revealed that the campaign was motivated by the deepening Soviet-DPRK rift.
And so what is the difference between this and Nazism? I'd say that the North Koreans probably did not develop such a complex biological theory to prove the alleged superiority of the "Korean race," though there are frequent rumors and stories about North Korean eugenic experiments (e.g., the systematic isolation and elimination of dwarves). The scattered evidence I have suggests that the North Korean conception of Korean superiority was more culture-centered than biologically based, though the other element was not missing either.
Let me quote from a Hungarian archival document that was written on May 26, 1988. This report covered an international conference of Koreanists that was held in P'yongyang on May 11-13, 1988. "There was an obvious Korean effort to prove that Korean culture was separate from that of the neighboring countries... Then they attempted to prove that the region's cultural cradle had been Korea, its neighbors should trace back the origins of their own culture to [Korean culture]. Without sufficient historical basis and facts, they traced back the establishment of the united Korean nation and state to the era of tribal communities. They laid a great emphasis on [describing] the homogeneous character of the [Korean] nation and excluding the possibility of historical mixture with other peoples." The head of the Soviet delegation concluded, the report notes, that the North Koreans' emphasis on "the historical and current superiority of the Korean nation" went almost as far as to
advocate an explicitly racist theory.
It would be good if some colleagues provided us with information about the situation in South Korea from 1945 to the 1990s, since I heard several concrete examples about strong prejudices against mixed marriages, which I have no reason to doubt.
Comment is perhaps superfluous,
but I venture the following:
1. They practise what they preach. See the harrowing account
which begin's Time's Asian edition cover story this week.
2. How does this differ from national socialism?
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