In response to ampoule's comment:
In response to HankukSox's comment:
In response to billge's comment:
Like East and West Germany, only worse?
Yes. That's exactly how it is viewed. The cost to catch the north up would be immense. There would be population shifts to the south, or poor and displaced, that there is not infrastructure to handle. So yes, if asked that would be exactly how it would be compared.
I should add, about the culture thing. Know this, I am not an expert, these are just things I have observed over the years (and yes, I do speak passable Korean). But even a 100% genetically Korean person born and raised, in say, America, Canada, wherever, who speaks Korean, would never been seen as 100% Korean. There is very much... How do I put it, almost like the Korean culture of the south is the correct culture, and the only correct one. It's actually very hard to explain. Probably best I could compare it is when Irish Americans say they are Irish to a person from Ireland. But it's still not quite the same.
Again, thank you so much for your imput.
Now the big question. Would you PLEASE share a good recipe for bulgogi with me???
I would have to dissapoint you on that one. I just buy bulgogi pre-marinated in the market. But....... If you go to any Asian store, they have the sauce. That's all you need. Just tell them bulgogi sauce. Add some carrots, onions, and the thick Asian mushrooms (they have much more sustance when eaten in something like that, and enhance the dish compared to the western cap mushrooms), and that is it. let it marinate for a while.
If interested in Jjigae, or mondukok or anything like that, I would be glad to share. Shoot. I even know how to make mandu (the stuffed dumplings), which is funny because I have ended up teaching Korean women how... I think 4 times now. :D