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Date : January 31, 2018
KEI: Soap Operas and Socialism
   https://youtu.be/zensl-Nfvn8 [540]

Romance, humor, tension — everyone loves a good sitcom, even North Koreans. But in North Korea, TV dramas are more than mere entertainment. They play a crucial political role by serving as a key messenger of the party and government policy. While Kim Jong-il famously made films aggrandizing revolutionary ideals, Kim Jong-un’s medium of choice seems to be TV. Although the messages in these new dramas under Kim Jong-un may be less overt than those traditionally in North Korean films, they are nonetheless present and convey values unique from those of his father.

Featuring: Jean Lee 
Global Fellow
The Wilson Center

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