I haven’t written anything in a while. Life in Seoul is like living in New York City on steroids. I have come to the conclusion that there aren’t enough hours in the day for parties, concerts, coffee dates, long work weeks, projects, art, international phone calls, sleep, my Boston terrier and the occasional pajama day. As I am finishing a glass of wine and refining this, North Korea is finally taking a back seat in the news, as Boston has now become America’s new biggest obsession. I should be writing on Global Arts Therapy and its progress however right now I need to share my experience of North Korea, the DMZ and the Joint Security Area with you.
|Samantha with a guard in the Joint Security Area|
|Guards patrol the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom|
In the border territory of Paju one can visit the Imnijak sculpture park and wish bridge, there you can see all of the prayers, and reunification hopes and wishes that South Korean people make, it is touching to examine this and realize that families have been divided for 60 years now. There are remnants of a train at the park as well in which remind us that not long ago life functioned with ease and joy within the two Koreas.
Although reunification now would lead to a substantial deficit, President Park Gyung He would like to see this happen. With the bellicose rhetoric behind North Korea and the constant saber rattling that they do, I firmly believe the two Koreas will not reunify any time soon, however as for those of us living in the South-we are not concerned about their ranting and raving. We get up each day, head for our morning coffee and take on the day. The North is a source of laughter around offices and a little work conversation, nevertheless we are not heavily concerned with Kim Jung Un’s threats.
|Prayers for reunification in the JSA|
So in America when the sun goes down, fear not of North Korea, listen less to the media and place a great importance on doing something good for your country, your state, your neighborhood and worry less about a possible nuclear threat. If you are concerned with North Korea, volunteer for a charity that can assist getting their people some food and medicine.