February 01, 2023

How North Korean pop culture is changing the narrative around the Korean War

Once ruthlessly unsentimental, Pyongyang may be slowly changing its tune

North Korean pop culture has long promoted an image of its citizens as a horde of suicidal fanatics ready to do anything for their leader.  

Songs on military topics carry the telling titles of “Leader, Just Give Us Your Order!” and “Peace is on our Bayonet,” or stanzas such as, “We do not say empty words ... ten million of us will become guns and bombs.”