The Dividing Line Essay

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The Dividing Line



Two Korean soldiers-- one from Sariwan, North Korea, and one from Chongju, South Korea--
stare intensely at one another, watching each and every move. They are in the DMZ, a 4 km
wide band stretching across 250 km of deserted land, known as the demilitarized zone
between the two Koreas. They each represent their part of Korea. The soldiers are in this
uptight position because of the Korean War, which never officially ended with a peace
treaty. As they watch one another, it is as if they are looking at a mirror image of
themselves. Even though they are identical on the outside, they are far from similar on
the inside.

North Korea and South Korea, like the two soldiers, share some similar characteristics.
First, they both have an extremely high literacy rate; North Korea has 95% and South Korea
has 97% literate citizens. Education is free for students ages 5-16, and many take
advantage of this academic offering. Second, what better food is there to be found in
Korea than the fish than the fish that surround the peninsula. The North and the South
have major commercial fishing businesses. In fact, did you know South Korea ranks third
in the world's fishing industry? Another common food between the North and South is
rice. It's the chief crop of the north and a wet- season crop in the south. Third, Korea
has a homogenous society, which means the citizens in the North and South have a common
ethnic background. Lastly, both sides share the Korean language. Approximately 110 million
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