American television has recently seen a wave of advertising from the new Korean Office for
the Promotion of Tourism. Advertisements depict futuristic cosmopolitan cities juxtaposed
with idyllic farm life, with the text "A pure expression of the ancient Korean culture."
Posters, billboards and bus advertisements feature themes of "Mystery," "Romance," and
"Relaxation," to name a few of the more popular campaigns. Based on reports from students
and academics in the country, however, the advertisements are not showing the whole
Professors and students critical of the new regime have reported receiving threatening
letters, been mobbed by angry protesters, and in some cases have seen their personal
property vandalized. While the government has spoken out against these acts, it has not
moved to protect these individuals. The Jong-un administration insists that "there have been
no systematic violations of civil rights. This is clearly the work of a few extremists."
Once a shining example of modern democracy in the region of East Asia, South Korea
appears to have been completely engulfed by the radical ideology and fervent nationalism
of its Northern brother. After taking the country by seemingly peaceful means, Kim Jong-un
has moved to quash all opposition to his "New Chosun Party". The party maintains a
remarkable 81% majority in the Korean Senate, and includes statesman from both South and
North Korea. Members of the opposition party in the Korean Senate have reported incidents
similar to those reported by academics and students; in one high-profile incident, a mob
attacked a Senatorial vehicle as it toured a low-income area. The administration released a
statement urging all Korean politicians to take appropriate measures to protect themselves.