Wednesday, April 28, 2004

for convenience of readers understanding
From the Guardian, a tale of heroism.

In one of the stories of the dead told by KCNA - effectively the state's mouthpiece - Han Jong-suk, 56, a teacher, saved the lives of seven children but died rescuing pictures of Kim Jong-il and his late father, Kim Il-sung.

Two other of the dead, Choe Yong-il and Jon Tong-sik, were on a lunch break but rushed back to work on hearing the explosion, according to KCNA. "They were buried under the collapsing building to die a heroic death when they were trying to come out with portraits of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il," it said.

I can’t find it on the KCNA website, but there is this. (no permalinks, scroll down)

Literary Books Published
Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- The Pyongyang Publishing House of the Democratic People¡Çs Republic of Korea has brought out various books containing literary works created by Koreans during the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule. Among them are "On Songs Created during the Nation's Ruin," "Poems and Songs Seen through Folklore," "On Songs Sung in Our Country in the Medieval Times," "Three-thousand- ri Land And Folk Songs," "Ra Un Gyu and Movies during the Nation's Ruin," "Three-thousand-ri Land of Folk Songs" (two volumes) and "Dramas Created during the Nation's Ruin" (two volumes).

The books are written in popular way for convenience of readers' understanding.

The book "On New Folk Songs and Popular Songs Created during the Nation's Ruin" contains songs the Korean people had sung with hatred against the Japanese imperialists and ardent desire for the liberation of the country, deploring the ruined nation.

Also contained in the book are songs still widely sung among people as they are considered to have implanted patriotism into their mind and new folk songs.

It explains how the typical songs were created and disseminated in the country. It also gives songs, children's songs and new folk songs along with their notations.

These books attracted attentions of the literary men and women from the north and south of Korea and overseas who participated in the scientific symposium on the theme "Study of the popular songs of the Korean nation created before the liberation of the country" held in October Juche 92 (2003).

They are of great significance in having a correct understanding of the music heritage and other cultural wealth of the nation.

So that’s what’s happening in the DPRK. For news which doesn’t carry the sweet smell of psychosis, try North Korea Zone.