By Elena Aversa, Alessandra Bufano, Yi Cui, Xiu Huiting,
Francesca Morini, Yidan Sun
The uncertain path
The public debate about North Korea has always been strongly polarized by politics and international diplomacy. since the rise of the North Korean regime (1950s) under Kim Il-sung. Today with a tense conversation going on between Kim Jong-Un, the young north korean leader, and the neo-elected president of the United States Donald Trump, this polarization is even more rooted. Nuclear war, political and economical unbalances hide one urgent social problem: the great numbers of defections from North Korea and the increasing amount of human rights violations inside the country.
Defectors flow is an individual phenomenon, difficult to be read in general terms.
On one hand this is due to the strong censorship of the North Korean and Chinese government, on the other hand the perceived pressure of a possible nuclear war push Western media to narrate a different story, one about bombs and armies. Is there a mediatic space where the North Korean defection is narrated? How do Western and Chinese media depict those people? In which way those stories are telled? To answer those kind of questions we decided to analyze different type of devices and contents, from news, to videos and cultural artifacts.