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Shopping in Pyongyang, and Other Adventures in North Korean Capitalism

Shopping in Pyongyang, and Other Adventures in North Korean Capitalism | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Far from the stereotype of total economic isolation, the black market has brought a surprising degree of modernity and consumerism — for some."

Seth Dixon's insight:

It is very difficult to get reliable data, journalism, or any other form of analysis out of North Korea.  For decades, North Korea has consistently been the country with the least freedom of the press in the world (as ranked by Reporters without Borders metrics).  In the 1990s, North Korea’s official, socialist-run economy failed to provide enough food for the population, and the informal, underground of markets (jangmadang) became increasingly prevalent.  This article is a rare glimpse into the shadow economy and the merchants that grease the economic wheels in one of the most authoritarian countries of the world.     

 

GeoEd Tags: North Korea, East Asia, economic, labor.

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Worker Safety?

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This is old video is still shocking because of the blatant disregard for worker safety during the huge rush to get Beijing ready for the 2012 Olympics. This can been seen as large cities host global events such as the World Cup or the Olympics.  As was seen in Rio de Janeiro, leaders will try to sweep some problems under the rug before the global spotlight shines on them. This video can also be used to lead to a discussion concerning China's continued economic growth. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?

 

GeoEd Tags: industry, labor, China.

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