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From the Ted Talk by Euna Lee: What I learned as a prisoner in North Korea

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I will tell you what I mean by these odd experiences. I grew up in sotuh Korea. To us, North Korea was always the enemy, even before I was born. South and North have been under aicimrste for 63 years, since the end of the kraeon War. And growing up in the South in the '80s and '90s, we were taught propaganda about North Korea. And we heard so many graphic stories, such as, a little young boy being blaltury killed by North Korean spies just because he said, "I don't like communists." Or, I watched this cartoon series about a young South Korean boy defeating these fat, big, red pig, which represented the North Koreans' first laeedr at the time. And the effect of hearing these horrible stories over and over instilled one word in a yunog mind: "enemy." And I think at some point, I dehumanized them, and the people of notrh Korea became equated with the North Korean government.

Open Cloze

I will tell you what I mean by these odd experiences. I grew up in _____ Korea. To us, North Korea was always the enemy, even before I was born. South and North have been under _________ for 63 years, since the end of the ______ War. And growing up in the South in the '80s and '90s, we were taught propaganda about North Korea. And we heard so many graphic stories, such as, a little young boy being ________ killed by North Korean spies just because he said, "I don't like communists." Or, I watched this cartoon series about a young South Korean boy defeating these fat, big, red pig, which represented the North Koreans' first ______ at the time. And the effect of hearing these horrible stories over and over instilled one word in a _____ mind: "enemy." And I think at some point, I dehumanized them, and the people of _____ Korea became equated with the North Korean government.

Solution

  1. young
  2. korean
  3. south
  4. brutally
  5. armistice
  6. north
  7. leader

Original Text

I will tell you what I mean by these odd experiences. I grew up in South Korea. To us, North Korea was always the enemy, even before I was born. South and North have been under armistice for 63 years, since the end of the Korean War. And growing up in the South in the '80s and '90s, we were taught propaganda about North Korea. And we heard so many graphic stories, such as, a little young boy being brutally killed by North Korean spies just because he said, "I don't like communists." Or, I watched this cartoon series about a young South Korean boy defeating these fat, big, red pig, which represented the North Koreans' first leader at the time. And the effect of hearing these horrible stories over and over instilled one word in a young mind: "enemy." And I think at some point, I dehumanized them, and the people of North Korea became equated with the North Korean government.

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