Moon and Magician asked to attend Kim Jong Il funeral
In my observation, all Koreans are proud people a part of which is expressed in creative invention and adaptation. In trying to understand how and why North Korea has evolved to embrace family-led dictatorship as a government style, combined with communism, one need first look to the core of Asian culture as I reported earlier.
There are other signs that are not North or South Korea, but applicable to all of Korea.
Korean language and Hangul
“Korean (한국어/조선말, see below) is the official language of the country Korea, in both South and North. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in People's Republic of China. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide. In the 15th century, a national writing system was commissioned by Sejong the Great, the system being currently called Hangul. Prior to the development of Hangul, Koreans had used Hanja and phonetic systems like Hyangchal, Gugyeol and Idu extensively for over a millennium. However, it was not until the 20th century that Hangul became the dominant national script, given the yangban class's preference of the Hanja system.
The genealogical classification of the Korean language is debated by a number of historical linguists. Most classify it as a language isolate while a few consider it to be in the Altaic language family. The Korean language is agglutinative in its morphology and SOV in its syntax.”
Tired of being overrun by people from the North and elsewhere, Koreans needed a strategic advantage. At a point in history, leadership decided to purposely adopt a language that was systematic and one that all of its people, women and children without privilege could study and learn. Hangul would become their strategic advantage.
The Koreans with whom I have worked in my lifetime are scientists and engineers who are focused on producing, inventing, and adapting.
Oversimplifying, Koreans are impatient. They want to know what to do. In contrast, Japanese are focused on how. Americans will do what and how as fast as they are paid. Trite, but maybe true.
“Rev. Moon Hyung-jin, an American citizen and president of the Unification Church, arrived in North Korea Saturday and planned to attend the funeral, the church said. A Japanese magician, Tenko Hikita, who performed in private events for Kim Jong Il, was also asked to attend the ceremony; she declined the invitation.”