I tried to watch Man Push Cart a few years ago… well after I was indoctrinated into Chinese life. I ended-up turning it off. It probably would’ve had more resonance if I’d not seen so many people doing far more manual tasks as just part of their daily lives.
Refer to the country by the correct name… the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. I can tell you from first-hand experience that they don’t like being called North Korea. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK, or Korea were the three choices that were given to me when I visited Pyongyang in 2009.
Here are some other indicators:
- http://www.korea-dpr.com/, says it is the official web page of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm, which is a major news outlet for the state, says News From KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
- http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/, which is one of China’s major publications, calls it DPRK
Heck, in an article on the China Daily site, they even go so far as to correct the president:
“North Korea (DPRK) will achieve nothing by threats or provocations,” Obama said during a press conference in Seoul after talks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak.
Look, we’re talking about a country that has the fifth largest active army, the capacity to launch rockets/long-range missiles, and might be developing nuclear weapons.
If the US is really intent on reaching-out to the people and/or government of the country, they can start by using their chosen name.