Rason, North Korea
News of an "event [that] is apparently intended to encourage foreign investment" — North Korean city to host 1st int`l product exhibition — brings to mind one of the saddest and at the same time most inspiring things that I have read about the long-suffering country, about some American "investors" encountered there — Christian Missionary "Investors" in North Korea:
- They actually were missionaries, based just across the border in China. They can't preach in North Korea, of course, but they've come as "investors" to build and run an orphanage, a bread factory, and a soy-milk factory. These "businesses" don't make money; they're just there to help people. To this day, one of most popular themes in North Korean propaganda involves evil Christian missionaries who inject Korean children with deadly germs, before the revolution. They even put the story in comic books for kids. Officially, they're inhuman monsters. Unofficially, the government invites them in because they're the only people willing to extend a lifeline.