The Samjiyon Orchestra as a North Korean Means for Gender Based Cultural Diplomacy
Korhonen, Pekka; Mori, Tomoomi (2020). The Samjiyon Orchestra as a North Korean Means for Gender Based Cultural Diplomacy. European Journal of Korean Studies, 19 (2), 57-82. DOI: 10.33526/ejks.20201902.57 https://www.ejks.org.uk/downloads/volume-19-2/
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In 2018 it appeared that a peace process on the Korean Peninsula had got underway. Lots of publicity was produced on inter-Korean relations and many types of messages and diplomatic actors started to move across the border with South Korea. One important element in this process was cultural diplomacy, conducted partly by athletes and cheering squads during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, and partly by musical ensembles. Selection of the Samjiyon Orchestra for the Pyeongchang events sheds light on the kind of image the North Korean leadership wanted to display of the country on the international stage. This article analyses the characteristics of the orchestra, where it came from, and why was it suitable for cultural diplomacy. Our wider goal is to understand music as an element in North Korean foreign policy. Evidently, music is considered an important tool for specific occasions, though its use is intermittent rather than regular.
JulkaisijaBritish Association for Korean Studies