Monday, March 19: Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il: Notes from his Former Mentor (Berkeley, CA)
Mar 19, 2012
from 04:00 pm to 05:30 pm
|Where||Institute of East Asian Studies Conference Room (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Berkeley, CA|
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Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il; Notes from his former mentor is a compelling portrait of two men caught up in a struggle for the survival of North Korean society. It is a product of an eight-year study of individuals who observed and worked under Kim Jong-il, the dictator of North Korea. Among them was Hwang Jang-yop, a renowned philosopher/writer and former International Secretariat of North Korea, and mentor to Kim Jong-il. Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il tells a story about Hwang’s journey in his battle against Kim’s greed for power.
Hwang was driven to defect from North Korea because he wanted to tell the world about the corrupt dictatorship and its policies that he felt was responsible for the massive famine in North Korea. Through testimonies from Hwang and other defectors from North Korea, we are able to reveal what’s going on inside the man, Kim Jong-il, and the society he rules.
In planning and carrying out his defection, Hwang knew that it would come at a high cost – the sacrifice of his family, friends, and colleagues – yet he was compelled to come in from the cold because Kim, left alone, would ruin the entire Korean peninsula and the people Hwang so loved.
Through Hwang’s eyes, Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il reveals a three dimensional portrait of Kim Jong –il rarely chronicled: from Kim’s early days and rise to power to his current economic crisis and power struggle.
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