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Destination: Pyongyang

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 03:24 PM

Greetings and welcome to Soundcheck’s Pyongyang blog! For the next week, Soundcheck host John Schaefer will be part of the New York Philharmonic’s Asian 2008 entourage as the orchestra makes a grand overture of cultural diplomacy, performing a concert in North Korea. If the internet access that we're promised actually works, and if there are no media-censoring firewalls in place, we hope to report on the impact that this concert from Pyongyang might have on U.S.-North Korean relations, share some pictures from the concert, and reflect upon the event.

Keep up with John Schaefer’s adventures from Asia –well, at least Beijing and the airport from Inchon, South Korea, come back often to see if maybe SMS messages or e-mails can make it out of North Korea, and talk back in our comments section. Welcome again!

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Comments [2]

Robert Martin

How difficult it must be to write blogs about a controversial trip while in the midst of it. Shaeffer's comments seemed carefully calculated to step on no toes. Who can blame him? Politics in these two countries of N. Korea and China are repressive and difficult at best. I agree, in general, that talking beats enmity, but talking (playing music in this case)is too often superfluous and parallel to lost expectations. I await eagerly the fall out, if any, of this Philharmonic extended hand. I expect little. At least, Bush is doing something besides spinning his cowboy side arms and crying out "Westward Ho!"

Feb. 27 2008 12:30 AM
Chong Lee

Thank you so much for your coverage of the concert. As a Korean-American who has lived her whole life in the US, the matters of North Korea seem distant in my American life. The Philharmonic's rendition of "Arirang" was deeply moving and is a reminder that despite our vast differences, North, South and Americanized Koreans, all share a common history and a beloved, common song. Thank you again and please extend my gratitude to the members of the ensemble.

Feb. 26 2008 11:21 PM

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