Archive for May, 2009

After watching the documentary Field Trip to the DMZ

Patriotism gives a positive vibe to me, and stands beside other words that I like–such as glory, honor, and pride. Upon just hearing them I can feel this warmth. Even unity has a nice, wholesome ring to it. But say “reunification,” and I wouldn’t feel anything. In fact, I would not want to hear it again.

Of course, people try to give an explanation to that. As part of the new generation of South Koreans, I don’t have the sisterly connection to the people of the North. People have family living there, and they might as well be on the opposite side of the world.

Am I supposed to feel some ancestral connection regardless? Am I a heartless person for thinking that people who want reunification just because they want to see their families might be a little ignorant, if not selfish, because of the political upheaval it would require, the probable necessity of force, and the burdens it may press upon the struggling South Korean government and economy?

Does reunification sound more probable than the North Korean government turning over a new leaf and starting to actually provide its citizen’s rights and needs?

Why do they ask for reunification anyway? Why can’t they wish for North Korea to open up to the world and let people move back and forth?

What kind of warmth do they feel from the word “reunification” that I don’t react in any way to?

Of course all I would be doing is asking questions. I’m not even proud of being a Korean, and I have minimal connections to Korean culture. I feel bad for the way North Koreans are being abandoned by their government, I hope there is some way to change that, but I feel no reason to want reunification.


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