Portrayals of non-North Koreans in North Korean textbooks and the formation of national identity

Lee, Dong-Bae (2010) Portrayals of non-North Koreans in North Korean textbooks and the formation of national identity. Asian Studies Review, 34 3: 349-369. doi:10.1080/10357823.2010.507865

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Author Lee, Dong-Bae
Title Portrayals of non-North Koreans in North Korean textbooks and the formation of national identity
Journal name Asian Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7823
1467-8403
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357823.2010.507865
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 349
End page 369
Total pages 21
Editor Peter Jackson
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article examines the portrayal of non-North Koreans in North Korean textbooks to assess the influences on the formation of North Korean identity, and how such identity formation is important in Kim Jeong-il's retention of power. This study not only looks closely at textual representations; it also examines how political and ideological changes in North Korea had a critical influence on these texts. The study encompasses both lexico-grammatical analysis and the analysis of textual and visual images, based on an examination of six North Korean language textbooks published from 1954 to 2000. It demonstrates that North Korean identity is defined through the portrayal of non-North Koreans, particularly enemy others. The portrayal of non-North Koreans facilitates the formation of a solid North Korean identity - an identity that entails serving their political leaders, remaining vigilant against threats to their country, and liberating South Koreans from poverty and oppression by America and its puppet states. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

Keyword North Korea
Nationalism
Identity formation
Kim Jeong-il
Textbooks
Personality cult
Non-North Koreans
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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