Racist Daily Mail Wrong about North Korea

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Original Chinese Language Article: by www.wzwb.66wz.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles)

Translator’s Note:  There are a number of attacks on North Korea within the Western media that although pertaining to criticise a political regime, are in fact highly ‘racist’ and factually inaccurate.  Fabricating ‘stupid’ and ‘irrational’ pseudo-facts about North Korea does nothing to create a dialogue or resolve any difference.  One particularly absurdity emerge from the page of the British newspaper the ‘Daily Mail’.  This paper supported Adolf Hitler during his rise to power, and is renowned today for its racist and bias reporting.  In 2013 the Daily Mail falsely alleged that North Korea had passed laws regulating hair-cuts o political grounds.  What follows is a Xinhua – Chinese Newsagency deconstruction of this racist lie.  ACW 26.1.2016

Xinhua News Agency: DPRK Does Not Limit Hairstyles

In 2013 the (rightwing) British media (falsely) reported that the government of North Korea legally limits the number of hairstyles available to men and women to just twenty eight.  The number of twenty-eight was said to be the number by which Socialism can resist the onslaught of Capitalism.  According to the (rightwing) Daily Mail and City Metro newspapers (21.2.2013), pictures of haircuts on a barbershop wall in North Korea – eighteen for women and ten for men – are the product of DPRK legislation limiting the hairstyles that North Korean citizens can choose.

The latest news from the Xinhua Newsagency is that these reports are groundless and lacking in any truth.  The North Korean government has not issued any such legal guidelines defining hairstyles.  The (rightwing) Daily Mail falsely reported that the DPRK attempt to limit hairstyles was designed to counter the threat of Western influence in the country.  According to Xinhua reporter Du Baiyu (杜白羽) stationed in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the pictures falsely reported in the UK press were merely standard barbershop suggestions with no reference to any legal requirement or limitation.

The (rightwing) Daily Mail further incorrectly stated that North Korean women who were traditional clothing should have straight hair, whilst those women wearing Western-Style clothing often choose wavy or permed hair.  Married women adopt a short hair-style, whilst single women grow their hair long and often wear pony-tails, etc.  Men must have short hair (no more than 5cm) that is cut every fifteen days – or nutrition to the brain is inadequate – the Daily Mail falsely claimed.  Older men can grow their hair up to 7cm long.  The (rightwing) Daily Mail also incorrectly reported that in 2005 there was a DPRK TV programme entitled ‘Let Us Create Socialist Hairstyles’ which was designed to resist Western cultural corruption.  The (rightwing) Daily Mail backed up its deliberately false rhetoric by asserting that anyone with a non-official hair-cut will be arrested as a traitor and their names announced on national TV.  None of this reporting is true.  The (rightwing) Daily Mail) finished by stating that these hair-cut laws only apply to the ordinary people and not to the leader Kim Jong Un (金正恩) or his wife – Li Xue Zi (李雪子) – who can wear whatever hair or clothing fashion style they like – the (rightwing) Daily Mail continued its false reporting by asking how will this affect the youth of North Korea?

Last year (2012) the hair-cut of Kim Jong Un was very popular.  Mr Hu – who is involved in the coal industry and who is from the Dandong area of China – said that when he was staying in a Pyongyang Hotel last year he spent 30 yuan at the barber’s shop.  He said the shops are small and tidy, and fully equipped for all kinds of modern hair-cutting needs (including the barber’s chair, scissors, combs, clippers, shampoo and sinks, etc) – with men and women being catered for by separate specialising barbers.  In other words the barber industry of the DPRK is very similar to that found in modern China.  Mr Hu said that North Korean Barbers do possess clippers, but they prefer to use scissors for greater accuracy.  Barber’s do not refer to manuals or journals for guidance on hair-cuts.  They simply do as the customer asks.  Last year Kim Jong Un’s hair-cut was very popular (a back comb with the sides and back shaved).

Mr Wang – a Chinese businessman from Yanji, who specialises in mineral resources –  said that in the past in China and North Korea, barbers only used scissors and a razor-blade sharpened on a leather strap.  Sometimes there might be water and soap, but sometimes there was not.  There was no hair-dryer and everything was dried using a towel.  Today things are very different.  Those who work in a barber’s shop have to have a work permit based upon a three-point system of technical ability.  In the best ‘cheap’ barber shops each cut costs between 500 to 1000 DPRK dollars (around 3.5 to 7 yuan).  DPRK nationals are charged 2 DPRK dollars when they visit the barber shop.  Generally speaking, ordinary foreign people cannot go to the DPRK and open a Barber’s shop. This situation is different for Korean people born in China who can go and start a business in the DPRK – with the exchange rate very much operating in their favour.  Now Pyongyang has many well established and respected barber shops that are fully equipped with all the latest hair-cutting technology.  Prices range from $5 to $20.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://wzwb.66wz.com/html/2013-02/23/content_1397986.htm

新华社称朝鲜未对民众发型作出规定

之前英媒称朝鲜官方向民众推荐男女28款发型示例这28款发型据说能抵御资本主义腐化影响

是朝鲜一家理发店墙上的照片,分别是推荐给男性和女性顾客选择的发型示例。据英国《每日邮报》2月21日报道,朝鲜官方鼓励民众理发时从这些发型中选择,其中女性有18种,男性有10种。都市快报

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新华社记者称朝鲜未对民众发型作出规定

有媒体援引英国《每日邮报》2月21日的报道说,朝鲜官方选出女性要剪的18种发型,男性则有10款,称此举是为对抗西方影响。而据新华社驻平壤记者杜白羽介绍,这些图片仅是朝鲜本国居民理发店所贴海报而已,朝鲜官方并未规定必须从中选择。

男性不准留长发

据报道,在朝鲜首都平壤一家发廊的墙壁上,陈列着28种男女发型样式。《每日邮报》说,经常穿着传统朝鲜服装女性一般会选择直发,但如果穿着西式的服装,则会选择有稍许波浪的发型或者烫发。

此外,你还可以从发型差异上来判断一名女子是否已婚。通常,已婚女性会选择蓬松的发型,而未婚女子会选择更为俏皮的款式,比如梳麻花辫、扎马尾等。

男性发型相对较少,有10种。《每日邮报》说,朝鲜对男性的发型要求严格,年轻男性的头发长度不得超过5厘米,每15天必须剪一次,因为“长头发会夺取本应供给给大脑的营养”;年长男性最多可将头发留到7厘米。

能抵御资本主义腐化?

这些发型都是朝鲜官方挑选出来的,是“最舒适”且“能抵御资本主义腐化影响”的发型。

报道称,2005年,朝鲜国家电视台播放了名为“让我们的发型迎合社会主义风格”的系列片,并规定男性必须留短发。与此同时,朝鲜相关媒体极力敦促民众穿着干净得体的服饰。为此,朝鲜国家电视台还派出特别小组抓捕那些违法的“叛逆者”,一旦发型不符,将会在电视上公布名字。

《每日邮报》说,和普通百姓不同,金正恩夫人李雪子走在朝鲜时尚潮流的前端,她的打扮让人们猜测朝鲜年青一代是否会改变?

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“去年朝鲜特别流行金正恩发型”

胡先生做煤炭生意,来自中国丹东,去年他在朝鲜平壤酒店理过一次发,花了30元。他说,那里的理发店男女分开,面积不大,一般两三个理发位置,每个位置对应一个理发师。理发设备不少,包括可以调节的理发椅、电吹风、刮胡刀、洗头池。中国洗头和理发一般在两个地方,这里是合在一起的。”

胡先生说:“朝鲜理发,一般都用剪刀,也有用电推。要理什么样的发型可以直接跟理发师说,没有相关杂志和画报参考。这里理发风格都很朴素,去年特别流行金正恩发型(向后梳、两鬓极短)”。

做矿产生意的王先生来自延吉,他说:“现在朝鲜理发和过去不同。以前和中国老式理发很像,只用剪刀剪,没有电推,刮胡刀则是用牛皮磨,沾上点肥皂沫。有些地方不提供水洗,或没有电吹风,只能用毛巾擦干。”王先生说:“朝鲜理发师要有上岗证,按技术分1~3级。在一些平价理发店,根据地区收费500~1000朝币(约合人民币3.5元~7元)不等,对朝鲜本国人只收取2朝币。外国人不能去朝鲜普通百姓开的理发店,不过中国的朝鲜族人可以去,折合人民币才几分钱。现在,平壤有很多高级理发店,包括洗、剪、吹、按摩,理发工具比如电推都是从中国进口。收费从5美元到20美元不等,由于收费较高,普通朝鲜人很少去。”

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