Kinga Dygulska-Jamro, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
The purpose of this talk is to examine the mythologization of Kim Jong Il, his father Kim Il Song and his son Kim Jong Un in the North Korean propaganda. We will explore the leader’s mythologization in six different spheres: Kim Jong Il’s official biography, his character, personal outlook, internal politics and leaderships, attitude toward the USA, and toward unification issues. We will also look at the links between literature, press and politics. While past research offered multiple perspectives to advance our understanding about the nature of the North Korean regime, this talk singles out some of the unanswered questions that deserve further attention, e.g. how Koreans see themselves and their Dear Leader, or what is an influence of the leader’s mythologization on Korean society, what are the visible results of progressive propaganda techniques. Finally, what are the similarities between North Korean and American propaganda?
Cost : Free
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