Many Americans wonder what North Koreans believe about the United States. The education system in North Korea is completely state-financed and a 12-year-education is compulsory for all children. North Korean child propaganda is fed to children in grades as early as kindergarten. North Korean anti-American nursery rhymes and cartoons pervade the classroom and children’s educational programming. But what are North Koreans taught about the US in school? The information they are fed is a heavily distorted view of history and current realities about the United States. They are also taught unbelievably ridiculous things about the abilities of their current and past leaders. One thing they know for sure is that the American imperialists need to be hated, and this is a sentiment that doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon.
There is an entire museum dedicated to all of America’s crimes against humanity. It is called the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities, and it’s located just south of Pyongyang. Children make frequent field trips to this museum, which instill in them a fierce repulsion of America and all its cultural values. Much of the material in the museum is extremely graphic and includes photographs of Americans violently murdering North Korean women. The authenticity of much of the material in the museum is highly questionable.
According to People for Successful COrean REunification (PSCORE), a non-profit behind the “Forced To Hate” educational report, North Korean children play a super fun game during their school’s field day. The game is called “Smash the foreign-nosed Americans to Death.” The report doesn’t get into the details of the game, but one could only imagine a whack-a-mole scenario. They have other violent games where America always ends up on the losing side.
The North Korean propaganda book, The US Imperialists Started the Korean War, claims in order to incentivize his troops, General MacArthur promised them all the women in Seoul. The book claims MacArthur issued this “special order” in September 1950 to American soldiers landing in Inchon. “Retake Seoul! There are girls and women. For three days the city will be yours. You will have girls and women in Seoul,” was apparently a MacArthur direct-quote, according to the book.
In Korean, “miguk nom,” literally translates to “American bastard,” and everyone from school-age children to grandmothers refer to Americans in this way. “We love playing military games knocking down the American bastards,” reads one poster inside of a children’s classroom. Another poster features an image of an American with a noose around his neck.