In this blog post, I am presenting a hypothetical propaganda flyer that might be dropped into North Korea from the people of South Korea. This is in light of similar tactics that exist today where balloons are launched into North Korea with a message, US Dollar, or some other form of support, inspiration and knowledge of life beyond the borders of North Korea.
For my propaganda flyer, my choice was to focus on providing an hope and inspiration to the people of North Korea. In addition, it was important to make use of the flyer as a call to action, without specifically calling for revolt. The challenge with this project, is creating a document that will be effective, deliver an appropriate message, and hopefully not be offensive to the people of North Korea.
After considerable searching, I was able to locate an Adobe image of three butterflies that were colored with the North Korean flag. Each butterfly is flying from the lower right corner of the page to the upper page, appearing smaller and smaller as it flies away. The idea behind use of this image was to inspire thoughts that there is an opportunity to fly free from the current life they live. Each of the butterflies could also be representative of those who have gone before in seeking freedom. For the text in bold lettering across the image, are the (confirmed) the Korean words for faith, hope and love. After review of the materials on North Korea, it seemed appropriate to bring to mind these ideas of inspiration that might strike an inner desire for change and action. A future iteration of this flyer may actually include a name written across each butterfly to represent those who have successfully made their way into South Korea to begin a new life, much like the butterflies representation of new life emerging from a caterpillar.
Faith : 믿음 (Mee deum),
Hope : 희망 (Hee Mang)
Love : 사랑 ( Sa Rang)
On the reverse side of the propaganda flyer, I chose to introduce actual calls to action. Written in small red text in the lower right corner, I have posted the Korean text “we see you,” to allow those in North Korea to recognize that there are others in the world concerned for their safety and wellbeing.
The bold text across the top states “Free your voice” that is meant as a call to action. This coupled with the fist of revolution combine to encourage thought beyond the propaganda of the North Korean officials. It is my belief that encouraging the people of North Korea to find a voice is a necessary first step towards change and opportunity.
Find Your Voice: 우리는 당신을 보기 (ulineun dangsin-eui bog)
The remainder of the propaganda flyer is intended to express love felt by South Korea towards the people of North Korea through the image of a heart that is filled with the South Korean Flag. The final note is the two butterflies, each colored in the flags of North Korea and South Korea. The intent behind that image is again reference to the opportunity for new life that is symbolized by the butterflies, but also recognizing that there can be a partnership of love between these two nations. In the end, the goals of this side was giving power and inspiration to the people of North Korea, but also recognizing that both North and South Korea are a single people that should have choice, opportunity, and freedoms.