North Korea: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Tim Chen

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name:Tim Chen

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: North Korea

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): North Korea is a mysterious country. I want to know what's the local people's real life and take some photos about this country to record.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): 1948 the Korea, became the nations of South Korea and North Korea. They have lots of disputes with each other. Right now the North Korea are researching and overdeveloping the nuclear weapon. Their leader is Kim Jong un.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I want to know what is the Koreans' life condition and know why they have lots of different with South Korea.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): They are studying of nuclear weapon. It will threaten others country. Their food is shortage. China will help them lots of food every year.

New York Times Topics: North Korea

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Tim Chen

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): North Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Julian Ryall

Date of Publication: 12:01 AM GMT 25 Feb 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: It's about unclear weapon in the North Korea

Quote: US researchers believes that North Korea could increase its nuclear arsenal from at least 10 weapons today to between 20 and 100 weapons in five years. They argues that North Korea is a threat and the narrator explains that the North Korea had carried out three underground nuclear tests, the most recent in February 2013 and each of increasing power. It has also stepped up development of its medium rang No dong ballistic missiles, which are able to strike targets in South Korea and Japan, while the Taepodong-2 missile is assumed to have a rang of more than 3700 miles.


Comment: From my personal opinion, I think it is a really dangerous thing that North Korea want to have more unclear weapons. It also will lead to war with South Korea and U.S.A. However, it is just a part of the picture. From another part, North Korea don't have enough food for its people, because of the weather condition such as droughts, flooding and occasional typhoons. Thus I think they why not spent the money which spend on studying unclear weapon on increase food production.  

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Tim Chen

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): Common Food in North Korea

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Laura Dixon

Date of Publication: Friday 25 April 2014 06.29 EDT

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The food problems in the North Korea

Quote: The narrator explains that the ''Major food shortages are common in North Korea. The widespread lack of food is largely due to environmental problems such as droughts, flooding and occasional typhoons. And unlike its southern neighbor, North Korea’s landscape is composed mostly of high elevations lacking arable soil. Compacting these problems is the country’s isolated geopolitical status preventing citizens from accessing imported foods and a fragile economy that leaves many North Koreans unable to purchase adequate food supplies for their family.''


Comment: Everybody already know about that the food shortage in North Korea. Because of the weather and geographical factors, they were influenced a lot. However in my personal thinking, I think the problem not only just the environment condition, but also the government have duty too. They have enough money to expend and development their army, weapon and unclear weapon. But they don't have enough money to buy enough food for their people. Thus that is why I think the government have problem too.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): North Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author:Julian Ryall

Date of Publication:12:01 AM GMT 25 Feb 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This passage focus on people who care about unclear weapon and North Korea's army. Julian Ryall wrote the article in order to tell people if  North Korea have nuclear weapon how dangerous it is.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) It is about North Korea want to have unclear weapon. Author's message shows North Korea Have Lots of improvement in unclear weapon. And they may will have 100 atomic arms by 2020. And they also have nuclear tests. To date, North Korea has carried out three underground nuclear tests, the most recent in February 2013 and each of increasing power. It has also stepped up development of its medium range No-dong ballistic missiles which are able to strike targets in South Korea and Japan. Thus it is a really dangerous signal for others countries.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The writer's tone make reader feel North Korea is a really threat problem and it is precarious. In the passage the writer use lots of number to show North Korea army's power increase.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The writer use lots of number and analogy devices in order to make reader feel the North Korea begin become a threat and it is really dangerous.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)It is narrative. At the first paragraph, he wrote about what happened. And then he began tell more details. At last summarize and conclude.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): North Korea Launches 2 Missiles Into Sea to Protest U.S War Games With South

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: CHOE SANG-HUN

Date of Publication: March 2, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article focus on North Korea launching two missiles in to the sea to protest U.S war games with South Korea. And the Choe Sang-Hun wrote this text in order to tell people the situation between the North Korea and its neighboring countries.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article focus on the relationship and status between the North Korea and Its neighboring countries. It is about North Korea disagree with the military exercises between the U.S and South Korea. Thus they launched 2 missiles into the sea.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The writer's tone is really strong. This text make the reader feel the situation is dangerous. He also would use some words which is really absolute and strong, like banned, ruin and toppling.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)  In this article, the writer used most stylistic devices is indicative mood in order to tell the truth. It will make people feel this passage is really subjective and fair.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)It is narrative. At first he described the thing. And then he amply talk about why it happened and how was it going.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Nice job on your tack Tim!🌽 🎺

2 years ago
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Nice job on your tack Tim! 🌽 🎺

2 years ago
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Very interesting project would not want to visit though. But it opened me up to communist policy

2 years ago
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Great job Tim I like how you got some very interesting articles and pictures.

2 years ago
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I found this tack very interesting, I felt like after reading this I learned a lot about North korea

2 years ago
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Very interesting Tim I found your "They say, I say" very interesting because I didn't realize that Korea had got food shortages this article really informed me about Korea I'm interested in visiting this place once its safe

2 years ago
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Good job and your tackk page Tim . It was interesting that Korea is studying and developing the nuclear weapon. It would be scary if they use the nuclear weapon to threaten other countries. Even though they have shortage of food, China will help them with the food each year. 😄