“Once the demon gets inside of you, it never goes away. It becomes a part of you. But you have a choice: either you face the fear, or you live with it. For many, many years, I didn’t even know I had a choice. Now, I summon my past demon to face the fear that has become part of my moral compass.”

“The Red People” scene from “In Pursuit of Greatness” (2019) by Frank YJ Cho

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Has North Korea just announced that it discovered a way to travel in time? The country set its clocks back by 30 minutes to “Pyongyang time” (used to in the same time zone as Seoul and Tokyo) on August 15. It reset the time to GMT+08:30 as it was before Japanese colonization. The August 15 was the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan Empire.

The country set its clocks back by 30 minutes to “Pyongyang time” (used to in the same time zone as Seoul and Tokyo) on August 15. It reset the time to GMT+08:30 as it was before Japanese colonization. The August 15 was the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan Empire.

“The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5 000 year-long histories and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation,” – KCNA –

It was something South Korea would never have done, The government would come up an excuse like “a serious economic impact.”

If we can go back 70 years, we could change everything.

What could we change if we can go back 30 minutes? only 30 minutes?


Variations of the original go back to as far as 1917 in the southern United States. In 1929, Chattanooga Bakery created the official Moon pie with marshmallow filling and Graham crackers for local miners in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1958 Japanese Morinaga & Company started selling similar product called Angel Pie for Japanese market soon became one of the nation’s favorites and which is still popular in their domestic market today. Tongyang Confectionery also began selling a similar product known as ‘Orion Choco Pie’ in 1974. The company claims that in 1973, a member of the Tongyang R&D team visited a hotel in Georgia, US, and was inspired by the chocolate-coated sweets available in the hotel’s restaurant. He returned to South Korea and began experimenting with a chocolate biscuit cake, creating the Choco Pie as it is known to Koreans. The name ‘Choco Pie’ became popular when Tongyang first released the Orion Choco Pie, and was well received by Korean children as well as the elderly thanks to its affordable price and white marshmallow filling. Tongyang Confectionery later renamed the company Orion Confectionery thanks to the success of the Orion Choco Pie brand.

Starting in the 2000s, Orion began using the Choco Pie to gain a foothold in foreign markets, and now controls a two-thirds share of the Chinese snack market, with a third of Orion’s revenue coming from outside Korea in 2006. Around 12.1 billion Choco Pies have been sold all over the world.

Orion has a share in four major markets – South Korea, Russia, Vietnam and China. The snack has also been particularly successful in Pakistan, India, Vietnam and Taiwan. Additionally, it has become a favorite snack of North Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex and has come to symbolize capitalism.

– From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ChocoPie_BoxIn the picture – how many Choco pies we could buy with US$10.

The Choco pie is my all time childhood favorite snack. Lately, I found this Korean version of Moon pie in a Asian grocery store in Ellicott city, MD. A dozen box was sold for only $1.99. Around that time I heard a news about how a single Choco Pie could fetch as much as US$9.50 on the North Korean black market.  Recently, North Korea has reportedly banned Choco Pies. In response to the government crackdown, South Korean activists and North Korean defectors launched balloons laden with Choco Pies at North Korea.

The battle of the Choco pie has just begun…..


This Series of videos present North Korea; the forbidden world; the last twisted Stalinist state on earth. We have been informed of an injustice by people and organizations gather strong evident from defectors and warn cruel human right violations in the country. My sadness comes from that we keep distance our consciousness from the fact as much as the regime isolates it’s people from rest of the world. It is a bizarre reality, also I found myself connected to this bizarreness.

The Potato Song is the first part of video, The story starts when Dennis Rodman visits North Korea as a cultural ambassador. He cerebrates a birthday of his best friend, the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic  Kim Jong un.

Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) Based on 7 TYPES OF PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES (http://quizlet.com/5435505/7-types-of-propaganda-techniques-flash-cards/  )


The friendship between the two are



definition – most people have this or are doing this so you should too(definition)

A: No


definition – using words that have strong emotions: examples: peace war patriotism freedom hope(definition)

A: Yes


definition – using an expert or celebrity to sell or support(definition)

A: Yes


definition – saying bad things about your competitor(definition)

A: Yes


definition – using ordinary people or trying to sound ordinary to sell something or persuade you to vote or support an idea(definition)

A: Yes


definition – employ vague, sweeping statements (often slogans or simple catchphrases) using language associated with values and beliefs deeply held by the audience without providing supporting information or reason. They appeal to such notions as honor, glory, love of country, desire for peace, freedom, and family values.(definition)

A: Yes


definition – a technique used to carry over the authority and approval of something we respect and revere to something the propagandist would have us accept. Propagandists often employ symbols (e.g., waving the flag) to stir our emotions and win our approval.(definition)

 A: Yes

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A propaganda machine – Based on a vehicle of anti-communistic patriotism and ethnocentrism in my childhood.

1. Size matters – intimidate or dominate.

2. Provide good protection.

3. Detachable control center (Cockpit) provide a mobility and bail-out exit.



Control Center

3D Mirascope Illusion Dome with Frog

Create a 3D hologram image in our Mirascope Illusion Dome. Place an object in the dome and the 3D image will appear on top, but you can not touch it! The black plastic dish and dome produce an instant illusion with its internal parabolic mirrors. Our 3-D Mirascope includes a little plastic frog that you can place inside the device to produce the floating Hologram on top of the dome. A classic mirage making toy from the twentieth century.

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Main control center AKA Cockpit of the propaganda“LABOR-X” prototype

1. Illusion Producer

2. Re-writable surface

3. Agility

4. Inconsistant movements between top and bottomMIRA-X_Landing

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The Boy Who Cried Communist and the Black Tent Horror.

There was a boy. He was about a fifth grade who lived an isolated mountain region near DMZ in South Korea. In 1968, 120 special operation commando unit from North Korea infiltrated the border line to terrorize Seoul, the capital of South Korea. December 9th, the group of commando found and intrude into the boy’s house. While other spies were resupplying themselves in the house,  a man started questioning the boy.  The boy was asked: “Do you like North Korea(communist) or South Korea (military government)?” The boy answered, “I hate you, communists!”  His comment angered the spy. Soon his cheek was slashed from mouth to ear his head was stoned before the group of militant killed the boy and his whole family. The boy’s story spread out and he became a hero in a time when patriotic anti-communism was at its pick.  

The slaughtered little boy and his family became a movie. I’m not sure who decided but watching the movie became a requirement for all fifth grades. In 80’s schools didn’t have proper DVR systems, the government organized movie crews to travel schools. I remember the crew brought and set up a big black tent could easily cover 1/4 of a soccer field which could easily host 100 children for the movie play.  I think I was the fifth grade when I was forced to go into the big pitch-black tent with entire fifth grades. The movie was a pure horror. We were all traumatized. We screamed and even many of us vomited. The movie depicted all the detail of how the boy and his family was killed in a timely manner. It took forever to finish cutting the boys face and gallons of blood came out from his mouth. The boy didn’t die at all. The North Korean spy grabbed a watermelon size stone and pounded the boy’s head until the boy stopped murmuring  “I… h.ate.. you…com…munist…”

Recently, South Korean had debates over the story. Many argued that the story could have been fabricated. some argued that the story was complete fiction. However, the big black tent was never a fiction for whoever were dragged into it in their childhood.

Everything that we have imagined yesterday is happening today and tomorrow. Technology allows us to fulfill our dream. Today we can buy a pair of glasses connects us to the internet of things. Cars drive without a driver. Drones are about to deliver packages that we order from our smartphones. However, one great imagination, I have been most waited, would not happen near future. I wanted to a giant robot saving us from enemies from an unknown world. I have learned that people don’t produce without a demand. People call it “economy.” Making things cost money. If the thing does not guarantee return to the investment, people call it a “wasted.” In the 70s’ Korea was the golden age of the Robot_Taekwon_V_1976Japanese giant robot animations. There was the Mazinger Z and Gundam. In 1976, the first domestic giant, Taekwon V, was introduced. It immediately became a mega-smash hit. In the picture, “Gift for million children.” ” The robot stunned the world.” Today nobody is talking about the Giant robots anymore.  In today’s technology, It is possible to make one but I also see absolutely no use of the giant in this world and new type warfare. We are too far from a threat from extraterrestrials. Also, This giant has no space for this human scale conflict such as a terrorism.

However, I see now, the Taekwon V  had a different use in 1970s’  Korea, This blockbuster hit animation has met its own demands. It was made in Korea, not in Japan. The robot practiced Korean martial art Taekwondo!!



Changchung_Apartment“My home in Chang Chun Dong” This Giant Robot head inspired structure will provide protection to our ideology and national pride.


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How to Build a House in 7 steps.

Building your dream home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you can undertake. Getting the opportunity to plan out each step of the process and make the decisions about your building project is a big responsibility, and can be overwhelming for even the most experienced do-it-yourselfers. Taking the scope of the project into account before you get started can help make the process go a lot more smoothly. Learn the proper ways to find the right location, design your home, acquire the correct permits, and start breaking ground. See Step 1 to learn how to get started building your own house.


My father was the only son in a big family. Being the only son, it was the sweetest thing could happen in Korean traditional family. Especially, you are the oldest son in your clan. you will get all the love and respect, don’t bother to know you are the sole heir!. However, my father’s story was never close to the one of the prince stories. He lost most of his closest family members during the Korean War and left out with a traditional obligation to the death that he needed to take care of. In my father’s Korea, the oldest son was responsible for taking care of his parents and parents’ parents, even the ones no more living in the same world anymore. He had never missed his commitment to all the ones who died before his age nine. I remember that many times I and my brother were playing on the graves and seek and hide around tombstones while he was taking care of thirty some graves. I was too young to see the burden that my father carried, but it was the most mysterious places and time fro little boy. His commitment with dead family members often overwhelmed the relationship with living ones he loved most. My father was a good son, good grandchild as well as good nephew to the his childless uncles died during the war. However, at least, for the living ones, he was too busy to get close enough to us until we grew enough to understand him and his family.


I build a monument with my relationship with dead. This memory takes a big part of my childhood. Graves, tombstone and its surrounding were my secret playground.