ehowton (ehowton) wrote,

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Thanks to somebritinmass

Someone smarter than myself, or with more experience in these matters please explain to me why I find this clip so very humorous.

The creators of the clip claim they 'translated' this freestyle rap battle as part of their doctoral thesis and view it solely as a sociological interest. And while I viewed the original and understood very little, I indeed found this translation quite helpful. Also, very funny. The creators of the clip go on to say that they would "like to discourage the further misreading of this video as some sort of comedic entertainment which it most certainly is not." So...why am I amused by it?

When I was in Korea, I was astounded by the belief that taller structures were viewed as superior - accomplishments which demanded subservience. It is assumed that the nation with the tallest buildings are "better" than nations with shorter buildings. Take the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for example - though technologically inferior, and economically devastated, the building the North Koreans built in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of the DMZ at Panmunjeom is taller than any of the surrounding buildings on the South Korean prove they're supercilious.

I heard this story firsthand during my visit to the DMZ (Reprinted from Wikipedia):

During the 1980s, the South Korean government built a 328 ft tall flagpole in Daeseong-dong. The North Korean government responded by building a taller one...

So perhaps its this bravado, this archaic chest-pounding which I find so amusing. Well, certainly from my comfortable chair in my comfortable house. Those guys could so kick my ass.

ehowton in North Korea, across the Military Demarcation Line
Tags: korea, usaf, video

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