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The AP Asks: What would South Koreans ask a North Korean?


Added 02-13-18 02:03:02am EST - “The Koreas share a border, a culture and a language. But 70 years after they were separated, North and South are about as divided as divided gets.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The AP Asks: What would South Koreans ask a North Korean?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Koreas share a border, a culture and a language. But 70 years after they were separated, North and South are about as divided as divided gets.

With almost any kind of contact blocked or barred or banned by law, the gap between them has grown to the point where they almost seem like strangers in many ways. And while the Pyeongchang Olympics have brought North Korean athletes, musicians, martial artists, singers and cheering squads flooding into the South, tight security means it’s still almost impossible for either side to interact.

So, embedded in a crowd of excited South Korean Olympic fans waiting to get into a united Korea women’s ice hockey match, The Associated Press posed a question:

Lee So-mi, a 28-year-old jobseeker, said she was curious about life in North Korea. But when asked what she would say if the chance ever actually arose, she giggled and struggled to come up with ideas. She wondered about what life would be like in a society where she imagines there is little personal freedom.

“If you are a (North Korean) woman in your late 20s … Oh, how do I say this? Marriage life? Jobs? I want to ask about those things, like whether life is good for them.”

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