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Separate and Divisible: North Korea’s Supreme Leader and the North Korean People

Wed, Feb 4, 2015, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of

Separate and Divisible:
North Korea’s Supreme Leader and the North Korean People

Jang Jin-sung
Former North Korean propaganda poet
Author, Dear Leader

Wednesday, February 4
3:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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This event is co-sponsored by The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK).

Copies of Dear Leader will be available at the event.


Plesae contact with any questions.

Jang Jin-sungAbout the lecture: Mr. Jang Jin-sung, former North Korean propaganda poet, will address the role of propaganda in North Korea’s statecraft. Mr. Jang will also provide instruction on how to interpret North Korean propaganda. His presentation will also address the role of official propaganda as a shield insulating ordinary people from North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

About the speaker: Jang Jin-sung was a propaganda poet for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Since leaving the country, he has become a bestselling author. He has been awarded the Rex Warner Literary Prize and read his poetry at London’s Cultural Olympiad in 2012. He now lives in South Korea and is editor-in-chief of New Focus International, an authoritative website reporting on North Korea.

About the translator: Shirley Lee is translator of Dear Leader. She launched the English language version of New Focus International in 2012 and is co-founder of the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea. She is a graduate of Oxford University and is writing a dissertation at Leiden University in the Netherlands.