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dateline: 10 July 2012

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Disney Comes To North Korea

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • televise: show on TV
  • authorise: to give permission
  • isolated: alone
  • ease: to reduce in severity
  • insider: a person who has access to information that others don’t

Disney Comes To North Korea

Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Winnie-the-Pooh appeared on stage in a televised North Korean concert for Kim Jong-un this week. Other politicians and government officials were also in attendance. While Disney says it did not authorise the characters or the background footage of its films, some say this is a sign that major change could be coming to the isolated country. In the past, the state has made special effort to keep out of the . It is still for North Koreans to watch South Korean programming on TV; however, some believe that the restrictions on western culture are slowing being eased. Insiders have reported that the new leader is trying to change the of North Korea to one of youth and modernity.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which important figure attended the concert?
  2. How did the Disney company respond to this news?
  3. What media restriction is currently in place in North Korea?

Discussion Question: The actors in the North Korean concert were also dressed in clothing not normally seen in North Korean programming, such as strapless gowns and short skirts. Do you think this is a sign that big changes will take place under the new young leader?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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