How North Korean Propaganda Depicts, And Distorts, America

Published August 19, 2015
Updated June 11, 2020

North Korean Propaganda Today

North Korea Soldier Roar

“Fight compulsion with hard hits, punishment with ruthless payback.” Source: AfterShock

While the North Koreans who grew up during the war are now middle-aged, their grandchildren are currently indoctrinated into anti-Americanism as early as kindergarten, if not sooner. In 2012, three Associated Press reporters were allowed into a kindergarten in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

They found shelves holding toy tanks and rifles, and walls decorated with the kids’ crayon drawings of North Korean soldiers killing American ones. They learned that, on the playground, “mignuk nom” (“American bastard”) is the worst taunt one can utter and that a common game is to attack a dummy of an American soldier with batons and stones. And, of course, they found propaganda posters (in addition to some of the ones above):

North Korean Propaganda Children
North Korean Propaganda Youth
North Korean Propaganda Kindergarten
North Korea Teaching Hate
What's Found In A Kindergarten
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Whether North Korean propaganda's intended audience is children or adults, many of the fundamental messages remain the same:

North Korean Propaganda Attack
North Korean Propaganda Rifles
North Korean Propaganda Tank
North Korean Propaganda Punch
How North Korean Propaganda Depicts, And Distorts, America
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John Kuroski
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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Kuroski, John. "How North Korean Propaganda Depicts, And Distorts, America." AllThatsInteresting.com, August 19, 2015, https://allthatsinteresting.com/north-korean-propaganda. Accessed June 22, 2024.