White is the new black

WomenCrossDMZThe WomenCrossDMZ marchers have finally completed their peace march. In a bus, but hey, you can’t always get what you want.

What intrigues me is the all white outfits. The scarves copy a traditional Korean pattern, so that’s understandable, but in Asia white is what you wear to a funeral, which makes them look kind of sinister.  The connotation is so strong that if you’re heading to a festive event dressed like that someone will politely advise you to jazz things up a bit before you leave.

I assume that they’re… sad that… people in the Korean war died..? We know that they’re not in mourning for the victims of North Korea’s human rights abuses, so that seems like the only death-related item left on the table.

Can anyone provide enlightenment?

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