Learning About North Korea
Published: July 10, 2018
The children learned some more about North Korea last night during our North Korea themed “Evening Program”! After having a brief introduction to North Korean culture through our North Korean food themed lunch and dinner, the villagers met in 강당 (gangdang) to have an introduction before they were split into groups and sent to the stations.
For the first station, the children played a matching game to compare the difference between North and South Korean vocabulary. After splitting into two nations, the vocabulary of each country went through a variety of changes, and we wanted to show the villagers how some words were affected. To do this, the villagers were shown a variety of pictures and had to match both the North and South Korean words to it. They were able to see the influences on language and how much language can change in a short amount of time due to a variety of deliberate and natural factors.
Next, the children were exposed to South and North Korean posters and were able to create their own versions. They were able to see the different styles and compare both the drawings and content from North and South Korea. After the posters, villagers compared North and South Korean money and saw how much could be bought with a daily wage from each country. They examined the drawings on both sets of money and then saw which snacks could be bought from the 매점 (mejeom) with each country’s daily wage.
Lastly, the villagers played a version of freeze tag outside Harbin. They were split into groups of runners and guards and sent one group at a time to try and pass the finish line. If the runners were tagged before crossing the finish line and weren’t freed by their teammates, they had to go to “jail” and copy lines from North Korean propaganda posters as punishment. If they were sent to “jail” for a second time, they then turned into guards themselves and had to try and catch their former teammates.
To end the night, the children had a debrief with our Dean, Professor Dafna Zur, in 강당 (gangdang). They were asked questions and gave their opinions on the night and some of the things they learned about North Korea. While we usually focus on South Korean culture at camp, we thought it would be good for the villagers to learn a bit about what we know about North Korean life as well.