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The Asian Reporter
Pacific Northwest News q Volume 26 Number 2 q January 18, 2016 q www.asianreporter.com
Seoul delivers barrage of K-pop
across border to North Korea
Giant golden statue
of Mao demolished
Boise, Idaho students
POP-AGANDA. South Korean K-Pop girl group Apink performs during their Hallyu Dream Concert in Gyeongju, South Korea, in this file photo. South Korea is trying to
get under the skin of its archrival with border broadcasts that feature not only criticism of North Korea’s nuclear program, troubled economy, and human-rights abuses, but
also a unique homegrown weapon: K-pop. “Just Let Us Love” by Apink is one of the songs being broadcast across the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
South Korea uses propaganda to boast of
Performers on the propaganda playlist
By Youkyung Lee
Seoul began blasting across the border its democracy system and its culture, but
The Associated Press
EOUL, South Korea — South Korea include a female K-pop band that gained adding light music helps draw attention.
tries to get under the skin of its fame when its members fell multiple times South Korea’s defense ministry says K-pop
archrival with border broadcasts on stage, and a middle-aged singer who songs will pique the interests of the
that feature not only criticism of North rose from obscurity last year with a song listeners in the North.
A song by Lee Ae-ran, whose title can be
Korea’s nuclear program, troubled econo- about living for 100 years. The broadcasts
my, and human-rights abuses, but also a are in retaliation of the North’s nuclear translated as “100 years of life,” sends
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test earlier this month.
unique homegrown weapon: K-pop.
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