North Korea’s official newspaper has warned young people to speak the country’s standard language, refrain from using South Korean slang – and to follow the Hermit Kingdom’s “traditional lifestyles.”
The Rodong Sinmun published a blistering editorial Sunday against the creeping influence of the South on everything from hairstyles, fashions and the spoken word, according to the Guardian.
“The ideological and cultural penetration under the colorful signboard of the bourgeoisie is even more dangerous than enemies who are taking guns,” it said, the outlet reported, citing South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
Declaring that nothing less than the future of the North Korean political system is at stake, the mouthpiece for the ruling Workers’ Party told young residents to stick to their country’s “superior” language, which is based on the dialect spoken in Pyongyang.
“When the new generations have a sound sense of ideology and revolutionary spirits, the future of a country is bright. If not, decades-long social systems and revolution