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Asia Interesting Article About Micro-breweries in North Korea

Discussion in 'The Rest of the World' started by Resuin, Apr 29, 2013.

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  1. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,284) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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  2. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    "The price of drinking North Korean beer is bowing to a lot of statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, listening to their version of the Korean war, and eating anything and everything they give you to eat"

    Sorry. This isn't ok, even if it's just a meaningless gesture to appease them. There is calculated large-scale torture and murder going on in that country.
  3. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (489) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    That's kind of a myopic way to look at the DPRK, granted they do what you say, however who are we to impose our culture and way of life on another civilization?

    An interesting article and read, I enjoyed it. I'd like to visit the DPRK some day, as a Sinophile I find the area fascinating and the national relationship between China and the DPRK. A donated fermenter from China? I wonder what the story was behind that.
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  4. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    It's not a simple issue, sure. However, I don't see curiosity, or cultural open-mindedness, mostly for tourism sake it seems, as a free pass.
  5. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (489) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    And neither containment, engagement, or congagement are acceptable ways to view foreign policy with the DPRK. Alternatives? Beer diplomacy might work, especially for this beer themed site.
  6. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,636) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    So would a couple of low yield neutron bombs. Some people could probably rationalize what Hitler & Stalin did these days. My understanding is they way more into the use & import of Meth in the DPRK anyhows...

    When I did a year at Osan AB, I went on a tour of the OB Brewery (1995). The guides made it clear we couldn't take pictures as they were protecting trade secrets. When I think about horrid that beer was ( & probably still is) it still makes me laugh to this day. Can't even imagine how bad the DPRK beer must be...
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  7. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Champion (804) Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    I wouldn't say it was myopic at all but actually very accurate. The North is about as Orwellian as life gets. The amount of people that risk their lives every day to escape that country is testament to the brutalility of its regime.

    Anyway, living in South Korea I'd probably risk crossing the DMZ just to get at some half decent local beer.
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  8. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (489) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Wow that was an old post, I had forgotten about it util you both started quoting it.

    No one is arguing that the DPRK isn't without fault- however things change and countries can too. The cultural revolution in China gave an outward appearance of imminent collapse for the civilization almost half a century ago; now China is emerging as a world power, with a long game strategy that should shake the clowns we call US politicians. My take away from the article was that beer has made an opportunity for engaging the DPRK on a cultural level, it gives the DPRK some common ground with the civilized world that it is often belligerently at odds with. Supporting such cultural phenomena such as beer along with other cultural baubles like basketball, perhaps the winds of influence and change will creep in with the new regime and prodigal son, and ultimately lead to (along with influence from regional peers like China and Vietnam) an embracing of a socialist model more akin to democracy than totalitarianism.
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