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As American educational institutions continue to be called into question, a North Korean defector fears the United States' future "is as bleak as North Korea" after she attended one of the country's most prestigious universities.
Yeonmi Park has experienced plenty of struggle and hardship, but she does not call herself a victim.
One of several hundred North Korean defectors settled in the United States, Park, 27, transferred to Columbia University from a South Korean university in 2016 and was deeply disturbed by what she found.
"I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think," Park said in an interview with Fox News. "I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying."
Those similarities include anti-Western sentiment, collective guilt and suffocating political correctness.
Yeonmi saw red flags immediately upon arriving at the school.
During orientation, she was scolded by a university staff member for admitting she enjoyed classic literature such as Jane Austen.
"I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing," recalled Park.
"Then she said, 'Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’"
NEW YORK CITY'S MESSAGE TO KIM JONG UN HONORING OTTO WARMBIER
It only got worse from there as Yeonmi realized that every one of her classes at the Ivy League school was infected with what she saw as anti-American propaganda, reminiscent to the sort she had grown up with.
"’American Bastard' was one word for North Koreans" Park was taught growing up.
"The math problems would say 'there are four American bastards, you kill two of them, how many American bastards are left to kill?'"
She was also shocked and confused by issues surrounding gender and language, with every class asking students to announce their preferred pronouns.
"English is my third language. I learned it as an adult. I sometimes still say 'he' or 'she' by mistake and now they are going to ask me to call them 'they'? How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?"
"It was chaos," said Yeonmi. "It felt like the regression in civilization."
"Even North Korea is not this nuts," she admitted. "North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy."
After getting into a number of arguments with professors and students, eventually Yeonmi "learned how to just shut up" in order to maintain a good GPA and graduate.
In North Korea, Yeonmi Park did not know of concepts like love or liberty.
"Because I have seen oppression, I know what it looks like," said Yeonmi, who by the age of 13 had witnessed people drop dead of starvation right before her eyes.
"These kids keep saying how they’re oppressed, how much injustice they've experienced. They don't know how hard it is to be free," she admonished.
"I literally crossed through the middle of the Gobi Desert to be free. But what I did was nothing, so many people fought harder than me and didn't make it."
Park and her mother first fled the oppressive North Korean regime in 2007, when Yeonmi was 13 years old.
After crossing into China over the frozen Yalu River, they fell into the hands of human traffickers who sold them into slavery: Yeonmi for less than $300 and her mother for roughly $100.
With the help of Christian missionaries, the pair managed to flee to Mongolia, walking across the Gobi Desert to eventually find refuge in South Korea.
In 2015 she published her memoir "In Order to Live," where she described what it took to survive in one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships and the harrowing journey to freedom.
"The people here are just dying to give their rights and power to the government. That is what scares me the most," the human right activist said.
She accused American higher education institutions of stripping people's ability to think critically.
"In North Korea I literally believed that my Dear Leader [Kim Jong-un] was starving," she recalled. "He's the fattest guy - how can anyone believe that? And then somebody showed me a photo and said 'Look at him, he's the fattest guy. Other people are all thin.' And I was like, 'Oh my God, why did I not notice that he was fat?' Because I never learned how to think critically."
"That is what is happening in America," she continued. "People see things but they've just completely lost the ability to think critically."
Witnessing the depth of American’s ignorance up close has made Yeonmi question everything about humanity.
"North Koreans, we don't have Internet, we don't have access to any of these great thinkers, we don't know anything. But here, while having everything, people choose to be brainwashed. And they deny it."
Having come to America with high hopes and expectations, Yeonmi expressed her disappointment.
"You guys have lost common sense to degree that I as a North Korean cannot even comprehend," she said.
"Where are we going from here?" she wondered. "There’s no rule of law, no morality, nothing is good or bad anymore, it's complete chaos."
"I guess that's what they want, to destroy every single thing and rebuild into a Communist paradise."
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Do you think lesbian sexuality gets exploited in mainstream media when it comes to movies and shows? To cater to straight audiences/men? Like that whole controversy of Blue Is the Warmest Color and The Handmaiden. I bring this up because I wonder how exactly were supposed to direct lesbian love stories and their sex lives without it coming off pure titillation or exploitation. What's your opinion? You dont have to any background on these films. Just what you think of how gay sexuality is framed.
Yes, I do. Just like how everyone is exploited by mainstream media.
This is just the stupid yuri/yaoi example rehashed. There's a reason why lots of Japanese women buy manga that have two gay guys basically show off to the reader. There's a reason why Japanese men buy manga that have two gay women doing the same.
Because if you like men or women, you're going to probably be happy when there's TWO of them appealing to you.
Everyone is exploited by the media. A straight paring engaging in sexually explicit, suggestive activities on screen is just as exploitative.
Like, how many women went to see Brokeback Mountain?
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Sorry, more " film/media" like questions for you. Do you think "The Male Gaze" that is often up in women's film circles and critical film analysis circles is real? How would you define it? because i haven't been able to get a cohesive answer from these groups of what the phrase actually means. I've also noticed that the phrase itself tends to be rather heteronormative in that it excludes gay and bi women and presumes that unlike men they wouldn't find female fan service titillating.Which is..odd
Gaze theory was developed prior to widespread acknowledgement of the LGBT. So none of it takes into consideration anything but the view of people on the 'straight' axis.
So it's bullshit from the word go.
The term 'male gaze' means basically one thing; fanservice. And fanservice can go anyway, be tasteless or tasteful and is generally an even playing field.
So I don't give gaze theory remotely any legitimacy.
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Hey Spidey, you probably shouldn't take the stance that fantasy races are never coded on racial stereotypes. Tolkien wrote that Orcs were directly based on "the least lovely Mongol-types". And Klingons were meant as a cross between the Soviet Union and Imperial Japan. I agree though, for something like the Neimodians we just don't have the evidence of Lucas's intentions. But then you need to ask the question "Why didn't they ask at least one Chinese person about this as they were writing it?"
Y'know, I really wish people would stop claiming I'm saying something that I didn't actually say.
Nowhere did I say no fantasy race are coded. I said that people say 'coded' when they mean 'offensive stereotype' and that betrays an awful lot of their thinking.
Being inspired by a culture does not this fantasy race IS that culture or ethnic group. Orcs are not Mongolians. Klingons aren't Japanese. Romulans aren't Romans.
Klatchians in Discworld are the setting's parallel to Arabia and India. There's heavy inspiration there. They speak in Arabic script, live in desert, wear turbans, ride camels and war elephants.
Klingons aren't Japanese. Unless you're saying that every honor-based culture is suddenly Japan.
"Why didn't they ask at least one Chinese person about this as they were writing it?"
Maybe because nobody thought they were Chinese people.
Why would you ever consult a Chinese person if you weren't making a Chinese character? If you're making an alien race, what are you going to do? Ask literally every fucking ethnic group on the planet to make sure one minute detail of the culture you created isn't going to be interpreted, no matter how far fetched, as a racist depiction?
People say Watto is a Jewish caricature because he has a big 'nose'. Why the fuck would someone like Lucas think big nose = Jew? Should no alien race ever have a big nose?
That's what I mean about people projecting their own racist bullshit on to these characters.
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Your thoughts on the yuri/ yaoi genres? And how they're often marketed for straight audiences of the opposite gender?
I have no real thoughts because I don't watch a lot of anime or read any manga.
All I know is that what is portrayed is typically not realistic at all. I'd imagine a yuri manga aimed specifically at bi and gay women wouldn't have a huge market.
The only manga I've really read was the work of Nagata Kabi, who writes about her struggles and life in a sort of 'autobiography' and she's gay.
I don't read her though specifically because she's gay or for fanservice (it's mostly anti-fanservice) but because I relate so strongly to her plights, worried and fears.
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How is Unity outdated?
Outdated might not be the right word. Outstripped maybe. Or overshadowed.
The point is that Unity doesn't seem to have kept up with the rest of the industry engines for what is needed, especially when compared to Unreal.
AAA studios do not really use Unity. If you look at the games made with it, they're usually phone games, sim games or isometic and grid based.
It's largely an engine for the middle-market developer, the indiie dev or small studios.
There's nothing wrong with that. But people don't get mad at Unity because it is what it is, it's developed a sort of niche.
So in the context of Bethesda, people don't give Unity Engine shit because it's being used for a wide variety of indies. While Bethesda catches shit because they're using a spin off of a 2002 engine when they have the means and money to make something themselves.
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Pretty sure they confirmed somewhere that ES6 is using the Creation Engine again.
Unless Microsoft steps in and forces them to update their engine, I don’t see anything but that engine being used.
I have a question because I honestly don't understand this. Why does bethesda get such hate for using the creation engine because it is based on gamebryo but other engines such as unreal, frostbite, unity or the weird named series of bioware engines don't even though they are also based on the previous version.
Frostbite was last updated in 2013 and was developed in house for specific kinds of games.
Unreal was last updated in 2014, with a new version coming next year. Unreal was created using modern (at the time) technology to be an 'all around' engine.
Unity is outdated and is typically only used for mid/indie developers.
The reason why is Bethesda catches so much shit is because they've used the same engine since Morrowind. That's 2002. And when they 'made' their own engine, they basically just lifted that 2002 engine and modified it.
In essence, they're using a patched version of a 2002 engine. That's the reason why games like Skryim and Fallout 4 can be so jank and unstable.
They could pick up a new, pre-existing engine. Or they could develop one themselves tailor made for their needs like CDPR's RED Engine. They have the money, they could've invested a tiny amount of their profits into an engine. They didn't.
It shows that they are not willing to actually update and improve. They're content using the same subpar engine for nearly 20 years and we saw the result of that with Fallout 76.
It shows they're content to sit on their past glories, never doing better. Even though they could. It demonstrates how lazy the company has become.
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I’ve heard the argument that Bethesda continues to use the Gamebryo/Creation Engine because it’s very easy to mod, and switching to a better (yet more complex) engine would make people loose out on the expansive modding community (what is arguably one of the best parts of bethesda games)
What do you think?
Considering that they've started trying to charge for mods and making design choices that limits modding, that doesn't speak well to them.
People mod other games frequently. If they built an engine and kept modding in mind, they could have both.
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Do you think that Luke would have fallen to the Dark Side if Obi-Wan had told him the truth about his father?
Hard to say. If he knew from the get go, it might've blinded him to the kind of person Vader was. By the time he knew, he was well aware that Vader was a monster and he couldn't join him.
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If I worked for obsidian i would have named outer worlds 2, outerer worlds
Why would they hire an ex-Gearbox employee?
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I have a question because I honestly don't understand this. Why does bethesda get such hate for using the creation engine because it is based on gamebryo but other engines such as unreal, frostbite, unity or the weird named series of bioware engines don't even though they are also based on the previous version.
Frostbite was last updated in 2013 and was developed in house for specific kinds of games.
Unreal was last updated in 2014, with a new version coming next year. Unreal was created using modern (at the time) technology to be an 'all around' engine.
Unity is outdated and is typically only used for mid/indie developers.
The reason why is Bethesda catches so much shit is because they've used the same engine since Morrowind. That's 2002. And when they 'made' their own engine, they basically just lifted that 2002 engine and modified it.
In essence, they're using a patched version of a 2002 engine. That's the reason why games like Skryim and Fallout 4 can be so jank and unstable.
They could pick up a new, pre-existing engine. Or they could develop one themselves tailor made for their needs like CDPR's RED Engine. They have the money, they could've invested a tiny amount of their profits into an engine. They didn't.
It shows that they are not willing to actually update and improve. They're content using the same subpar engine for nearly 20 years and we saw the result of that with Fallout 76.
It shows they're content to sit on their past glories, never doing better. Even though they could. It demonstrates how lazy the company has become.
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It’s Xbox and PC, not Xbox exclusive.
Microsoft seems to have largely given up trying to maintain pure exclusivity and just accepted the PC market is as important as their console market.
Outer Worlds 2 announced. Thoughts?
The first game didn't blow me away, both in regards to story/world building and mechanics.
Guess this'll be the test on what Obsidian will be like under Microsoft.
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I know Bethesda is not at all anything you have hope it. Fair. What would Starfield have to do or be for you to be interested in it though? The teaser just showed me they seem to be going for a hard sci-fi vibe to it. Just based on the ships design I get that vibe.
Honestly, I'm not having high hopes and I really don't think it's realistic that Starfield and ES6 are going to interest me.
They'd have to pull a complete 180 on their previous approaches to the RPG elements of their games.
They'd have to illustrate that they're not going to be lazy with shit like dialogue, dungeons and factions.
But that's not going to happen. They're still using a modified version of the Gamebryo engine, something that is nearly 20 years old, something they tried to brute force fit into a multiplayer game.
The only thing that would actually convince me they're being serious is if they announced Starfield or ES6 will be using a brand new engine. Their continued use of the Gamebryo is just the paragon of their laziness and that laziness extends to everything else they do.
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whats ur opinion on the whole fnaf thing? On the whole fake ass apology from the creator for being a pos
Why are you asking me when you've clearly made up your own mind about it?
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How well do you think the OG star Wars films hold up? Does the 4th connect well to the others when obviously things were not planned out beforehand? Leia wasn't Lukes sister when it was just that film given the kiss and I'm not even sure if Vader was planned to be Luke father that early either. Does the writing and connection between all 3 films hold up?
I think they hold up fairly well, but there are obviously issues. The biggest ones, of course, show up in TESB because they need to bridge the gap between the first film and the second.
Most obvious being the "From a certain point of view" from Obi'wan.
That said, they did manage to handle it well enough that it wasn't blatant.
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Hey, Spidey, has there been another fictitious species that has been compared to an ethnic race? Like goblins with Jews, and recently, orcs with black people?
Someone is always going to project their racist viewpoint on fictional creatures. You could look at many of the species in things like Star Trek, Star Wars, Mass Effect, etc, and I'm sure some dipshit has tried to assert that they're clearly "coded" based on some offensive stereotype they've internalized.
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Saw the trailer.
Holy fuck is that annoying and self aware to the point of smugness.
If you have nothing to show, don’t try and make a stupid meta joke about how you don’t have anything to show.
Outer Worlds 2 announced. Thoughts?
The first game didn't blow me away, both in regards to story/world building and mechanics.
Guess this'll be the test on what Obsidian will be like under Microsoft.
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Outer Worlds 2 announced. Thoughts?
The first game didn't blow me away, both in regards to story/world building and mechanics.
Guess this'll be the test on what Obsidian will be like under Microsoft.
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You seen people being mad at the Square Enix E3 conference for being 30mins of MCU as 10min of phone game ads?
No. Haven't been paying attention to E3 and anything surrounding it, really.
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