North Korean official media has advised its young people to avoid adopting South Korean slang and instead use North Korea’s formal language.
There were also new cautions in North Korea’s official publication against copying South Korean clothes, haircuts, and music.
It is part of a broad new law aimed at eradicating all forms of foreign influence, with heavy consequences. Those caught in violation of the legislation may face imprisonment or even death.
The Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned millenials about the risks of idolizing South Korean pop culture.
“The ideological and cultural penetration under the colorful signboard of the bourgeoisie is even more dangerous than enemies who are taking guns,” the article read.
It emphasized the superiority of Korean based on the Pyongyang dialect and that young people should use it appropriately.
North Korea has recently attempted to eradicate South Korean slang, such as a lady referring to her spouse as “Oppa,” which means “elder brother”. Still, it is commonly referred to as a lover.
Foreign influence is viewed as a danger to North Korea’s communist system and Kim Jong-un’s rule.
According to the New York Times, he recently called K-pop a “vicious disease” that corrupts North Korean youth.
Kim Jong-un declared war on slang, jeans, and movies. Anyone found in possession of substantial volumes of media from South Korea, the United States, or Japan now faces the death sentence. Those who are found watching it will be imprisoned for 15 years.
Despite the hazards, foreign influence continues to infiltrate the North, and highly sophisticated smuggling organizations bringing in forbidden media are active.
Some North Korean defectors have stated that viewing South Korean dramas influenced their choice to flee.
According to Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, Kim, who studied in Switzerland, “is well aware that K-pop or Western culture could easily permeate into the younger generation and have a negative impact on its socialist system”.
“He knows that these cultural aspects could impose a burden on the system. So by stamping them out, Kim is trying to prevent further troubles in the future.”