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Class time: In North Korea, the systematic indoctrination of anti-Americanism starts as early as kindergarten and is as much a part of the curriculum as learning to count

In North Korea, the systematic indoctrination of anti-Americanism starts as early as kindergarten and is as much a part of the curriculum as learning to count.

The sentiment of the U.S. – known as American b******* – is reflected in a framed wall poster inside a North Korean kindergarten classroom where children brandish rifles and bayonets as they attack a hapless U.S. soldier, his face bandaged and blood spurting from his mouth.

North Korean students learn that their country has had two main enemies: the Japanese, who colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945, and the U.S., which fought against North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

‘We love playing military games knocking down the American b*******,’ reads the slogan printed across the top with the phrase so common that it’s become an acceptable way to refer to Americans.

Another poster depicts an American with a noose around his neck. ‘Let’s wipe out the U.S. imperialists,’ it instructs.

Toy pistols, rifles and tanks sit lined up in neat rows on shelves. Yun Song Sil, the school principal, pulls out a dummy of an American soldier with a beaked nose and straw-colored hair and explains that the students beat him with batons or pelt him with stones. It’s a favorite schoolyard game, the female principal said.

The school official took three journalists from The Associated Press into the school.

For a moment, Yun Song Sil is sheepish as she takes the journalists, including an American, past the anti-U.S. posters. But she is not shy about the message.

‘Our children learn from an early age about the American b*******,’ she said, tossing off the anti-U.S. phrase.

They are told that North Korea’s defense against outside forces – particularly the U.S., which has more than 28,000 soldiers stationed in South Korea – remains the backbone of the country’s foreign policy.

And they are bred to seek revenge, even as their government professes to want peace with the U.S.

‘Hate will last’: This poster at a North Korean kindergarten reads ‘Drive out the American imperialists. Let’s reunify our fatherland’ as students there learn that one of their country’s main enemies is the U.S.

‘They tell their people there can be no reconciliation with the United States,’ said American scholar Brian Myers, who dissected North Korean propaganda in his 2010 book, The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters.

He went on to say: ‘They make it very clear to the masses that this hate will last forever.’

In recent years, state propaganda has shifted away from the virulent anti-American slogans of the past and has instead emphasized building up the economy. On the streets of Pyongyang, anti-American posters have largely given way to images of soldiers in helmets and workers in factories.

But the posters and curricula at kindergartens across North Korea remain unchanged. One glimpse inside a school, and it’s clear that despite U.S.-North Korean diplomacy behind closed doors, four-year-olds are still being taught that the ‘Yankee imperialists’ are North Korea’s worst enemy.

Playtime: ‘American b*******’ as an acceptable way to refer to people of the U.S. in North Korea as students beat a toy U.S. soldier with batons or pelt him with stones, a favorite schoolyard game

At the Kaeson Kindergarten in central Pyongyang, one of several schools visited by the AP, U.S. soldiers are depicted as cruel, ghoulish barbarians with big noses and fiendish eyes. Teeth bared, they brand prisoners with hot irons, set wild dogs on women and wrench out a girl’s teeth with pliers. One drawing shows an American soldier crushing a girl with his boot, blood pouring from her mouth, her eyes wild with fear and pain.

‘The American imperialists and Japanese militarism are the sworn enemies of the North Korean people,’ reads a quote from late leader Kim Jong Il affixed to the top of one wall in a large room devoted to anti-U.S. education.

‘The main theme of anti-American propaganda is not “We must be ready for an attack” but “We must be ready for revenge,”‘ Myers says. ‘People are being whipped up to hate the United States on the basis of past actions.’

The Americans also are portrayed with nuclear symbols on their helmets and uniforms, a reference to the North Korean insistence that the U.S. poses an atomic threat to the region. An undated poster in French is dotted with places in South Korea where missiles and fighter jets purportedly were kept.

The U.S. denies having nuclear weapons in Korea.

The North cites the presence of U.S. soldiers in South Korea, as well as the alleged nuclear threat, as key reasons behind its drive to build atomic weapons in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions designed to hobble its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

As disarmament discussions continue in fits and starts, the message in classrooms across the country remains the same: North Korea needs its rockets, bombs and missiles and is proud of its atomic arsenal.

Kaeson Kindergarten is a model school. In the mornings, the children line up for calisthenics and to sing patriotic songs, and at lunchtime they are fed rice, fish and tofu, according to the principal. They learn to sing, dance and ride unicycles, and at 4pm they get a snack and soy milk.

History lessons include tales about Kim Jong Il’s childhood, life under Japanese occupation and the Korean War.

‘First, we start by teaching that the American imperialists started the war,’ said soft-spoken schoolteacher Jon Chun Yong, citing the North Korean version of how the war began.

‘From that time on, the tragedy emerged by which our nation was divided in two,’ said Jon, who has taught at the kindergarten for 15 years. ‘Since then, our people had to endure the pain of living divided for a long half-century.’

Outside North Korea, history books tell a different story. Western textbooks say that two years after North and South Korea declared themselves separate republics, North Korean troops marched into South Korean capital, Seoul, on the morning of June 25, 1950.

U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces fought communist North Korean troops backed by Chinese soldiers in a three-year battle for control of the peninsula. The U.S. and North Korea finally called a truce in 1953, and Korea remains divided to this day.

At the Kaeson Kindergarten, children sit hunched over sheets of drawing paper clutching pastel crayons. One girl has drawn a school of bright blue fish; the boy next to her has covered his paper with tanks.

Another boy depicts a whole battlefield: a North Korean plane dropping bombs on dead, bloodied American soldiers, as well as grenades and tanks. In a final flourish, he adds the name of the South Korean president to the tableau, muttering the name under his breath as he labors over the letters.

The North Korean hate campaign generally does not include South Koreans, who are portrayed as puppets of the U.S. However, in recent months, it has come to encompass South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, whose tough policies toward the North have enraged its leaders as well as the South’s conservative media.

The best of the children’s work is pinned up on a board: One kindergartner used color pencils to draw a boy in a blue cap attacking a midget American soldier with a studded club. Another drawing depicts North Korean fighter jets dropping bombs on American soldiers trapped in flames. In a third, a man wearing a helmet marked ‘U.S.’ in English is on his knees begging for mercy as he is pummeled on the head with a stick.

Art time: Much of the drawings by students depict U.S. soldiers getting brutally attacked and the best of the children’s work is pinned up on a board inside the classroom

The children run around beating up mock American soldiers and planes, Jon said. The worst schoolyard taunt is to call someone ‘miguk nom’ – ‘American b******.’

The games culminate every year on International Children’s Day on June 1. Across the nation, students convene en masse, dressed in military uniforms and armed with toy rifles and bayonets. At one such celebration in Pyongyang this month, students took turns charging dummies of U.S. soldiers with their weapons.

Still, like children everywhere, the littlest North Koreans show more fascination than fear when they encounter the rare American in Pyongyang, invariably waving and calling out ‘Hello!’ in English.

And spotted among the mourners following Kim Jong Il’s death in December was a boy who clearly had no problem with a Yankee of a different kind. Perched on his head was a blue knit cap with the New York Yankees logo from a distinctly American sport: baseball.


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7 Responses to " North Korean children are taught to hate America at kindergarten "

  1. Pro Justice says:

    This is as a result of decades with NEGATIVE press, television, vids and comments.
    And economic sanctions do not help either.

    America does not control its own destiny.
    America does not have a choice of placing the right people in charge.
    Or which program should be or not be put in place.

    The media has too much control over you and what you believe about what’s going on in the world.

    American people are often CLUELESS at to what’s going on even around them.

    America is poor but still spends taxpayer dollars to help many third world countries. But the media never mentions any good things about it.

    That’s why it’s very important when we see PROPAGANDA or NEGATIVE comments and articles against Americans, we need to respond. :roll: A lot of times, no one does because they believe it does not matter and that it has no affect.

    :( Eventually, we will see a big impact on us.
    Our SOLDIERS and the American ppl abroad can be in danger!!

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    • Skreamer says:

      maybe they have good reason to act like that!

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  2. James Hill says:

    Nuke the little fish heads! :twisted:

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    • Damien says:

      This is the exact reason why they are the way they are. Fear of being nuked.

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  3. sallinger m says:

    And NORTH AMERICAN children are brought up to believe they own the world and are superior to everybody, bring guns to school and whine senseless about their parents divorcing…

    If you were a citizen of a intellectually-free country you would hate the zionists… I mean USA too!

    Even if they don´t teach it at kindy when they´d grow up they´d reach the same conclusion!

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  4. F-EW says:

    “North Korean children are taught to hate America at kindergarten”?

    White American children are taught to hate Muslims, blacks, Communists, Socialsts, Leftists, Liberals, Hispanics, Arabs, Mexicans, French, Vietnamese, Cubans, Afghanis, Irakis, Iranians, etc. Is it any wonder that North Koreans are suspicious of the U.S.?

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  5. Skreamer says:

    It could be worse!…..They could have rammed religion down there throats like they did us!

    Just the illuminati trying to depopulate control the world!…….they really scared of a high population!
    If you really want the little bastards to hate Muricans…then they need some white guy dressed as an Murican soldier climb into their bedroom window at night, then bash rape and murder their parents in front of them! Then burn their toys! This stuff always works well. This is how you make them hate Muricans. Putting posters up is a cheap, pathetic, old fashioned way!
    Seriously though….the way to make em hate Murica is get them to go there with the typical Murican dream…20 years later they well be wanting their own govt dead just like every other Murican!

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