Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Anti-American Art: More Babykillers

Another gory painting from the Sinchon Museum on American War Crimes in North Korea: American GIs apparently prepare to execute a small child after dispatching her father. The face of the GI in the center is positively mirthful. It's interesting to me to compare this North Korean propaganda to Chinese propaganda. The "enemy" in Chinese propaganda is dehumanized through its absence, and the "good guys" are always shown on the winning side, if not triumphant and least resolute. Korean propaganda seems to specialize in portrayals of the "bad guys" as either simpering weak-looking caricatures or brutal strong-looking monsters; the "good guys" are often shown as victims.

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