Badge handling

Care must be taken when handling the Kim Il Sung badge.
The following is a story from a South Korean film director, Shin Sang-ok, abducted by North Korea.

In the morning of Section 9/9, the deputy director appeared with another strange souvenir. It was a badge on the chest, but a portrait of Kim Il Sung was in the red banner. The vice-director snapped my hand and frowned as she received it casually and tried to put it on her chest. He says that his attitude is disrespectful.
It is said that you can take it with both hands in a careful posture. (Choi Eun-hee, Shin Sang-ok, “Emperor from the Dark” )

Pointing at the Kim Il Sung badge is a very heavy crime.

North Korea does not abandon Kim Il Sung or Kim Jong Il. On the contrary, don’t point your index finger at the Kim Il Sung badge. If you do such an act in front of others, you will be immediately intimidated, stigmatized as a rebel and a rebel who has forgotten the benefits of the “great leader” and “great leader”, and a political prison camp. Or severely punishable for being expelled from the coal mining area. (Toshio Miyazuka, “Wandering Children and Beauty Corps: Living in North Korea”)

The Kim Il Sung badge is a dark trade product.

There are more than 20 types of Kim Il Sung badges. Since the Kim Il Sung badge has become a commodity traded in the dark, the Safety Department has watched out and cracked down. But it was impossible to eradicate.
Therefore, the government tried to maintain the dignity of the Kim Il Sung badge by frequently changing the design. ( Hong Yong”Carrot thief” )

Kim Il Sung badges are fashionable among young people.

Young people in North Korea use badges as fashion claims. I remember that in the 1980’s it was spoiling to put badges on the edge of clothes among Korean youth.
According to the defectors, badges are often an integral part of the latest fashion trends. (Andrey Lankov, North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea)
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