One of the methods used by melting pots to assimilate people is to create crimes that are vaguely related to natural crimes, but which are adapted to political goals.
This is a universal necessity in melting pots, since no two cultures have identical local, or political, laws. The melting pot population is presented with an ever developing amalgam of 'criminal laws' derived from their composite cultures, and the development of those laws can be an indicator of the direction of the melting pot.
This is considered an archetype here in that the pattern of developing laws opportunistically is a unique feature of melting pots.
This can be compared to homogenous tribal societies where 'laws' are considered derived entirely, or revealed, from nature.
Each example will list a criminal sequence from both the melting pot and tribal views.
Melting pot view. From South Korean legal perspective.
a) A group of North Korean fisherman were on a boat lawfully, by any melting pot standards.
b) A few among them committed murder of their captain and others, for unclear reasons.
c) The motive for their rebellion, as well as their asylum request, was probably 'financial'.
d) The act of killing an authority figure in a work setting is an indicator of a criminal nature, not cultural dissent.
e) The individuals are judged 'objective criminals' and deemed unsuitable for a melting pot.
Tribal view. From any observer outside the melting pot framework.
a) A group of people were induced, by threat of withheld livelihood e.g. food, money etc, to work under the authority of a stranger.
b) That stranger violated norms of the group involving treatment of strangers, and was killed.
c) Other members of the work party picked sides. Some picked well, some not.
d) The final survivors, out of necessity, tested the neighboring culture for asylum.
e) The neighboring culture was similar enough to the offending culture that asylum was not considered.
Anthropological / psychological view
1) Fishing boats are traditionally a family or tribal activity. A group of people working on a boat in tribal areas has no hierarchy. Each person is able to do any job and the job is done efficiently. In melting pot boats there is often a diverse crew and these boats are generally run in an authoritarian style. A group of people fishing can be accurately estimated to be close, or far, from a melting pot by this quality alone.
2) The fact that there was fatal dissent involving the whole crew on a North Korean fishing boat indicates that country still has enough cultural diversity and flexibility that it could recover easily from its current authoritarian regime.
3) Demographically, South Korea is an aging society while North Korea has a lot of younger workers. The public insult of 'returning asylum seekers' for criminality has never happened there before and might be an attempt by South Korea to prepare for some kind of guest worker program.
4) South Korea is one of the very few countries ahead of the curve on 5g networks, and China may induce them to bring North Korea into their economic sphere once ai coins start. This would be the effective end of U.S. influence on the Korean peninsula. If that happens, and it probably will, there are likely to be a lot of references to 'the domino theory' from history.