By John Cha, Writer/Translator
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.
John Cha lives and writes in Oakland, Ca. His main topics of interest concern Korean/American persons of history. Korean presence in America dates back to late 1800s and he has covered some of their stories in his titles, Willow Tree Shade: The Susan Ahn Cuddy Story, The Do or Die Entrepreneur, Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il. An award winning translator of Korean literature into English, his translated works include: Daytime Moon, Mother's Song, Speaking Two Voices.
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