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    The California Sunday Magazine | 8/2/18 | 18 min
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    • bill
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      1 week ago

      A good, human story about one North Korean's struggle to adapt to capitalism and consumerism. Also, a wild reminder that so much can change so fast; it only took a couple of decades for North Korea to turn into full-on dystopia:

      From 1945 — when the Korean Peninsula was split by the U.S. and the Soviet Union following the Japanese occupation — until the 1970s, North Korea was the richer of the two nations. The communist North enjoyed a better infrastructure and a stronger economy than the democratic South; some Koreans living abroad who had the choice of either country, including So Won’s grand­father who’d moved to Japan, opted to claim citizenship in the North.

      Wrong choice, man.