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The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves--And Why It Matters

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Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

A newly revised and updated edition that includes a consideration of Kim Jung Il's successor, Kim Jong-On

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into the regime’s domestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country’s official myths in turn—from the notion of Koreans’ unique moral purity, to the myth of an America quaking in terror of “the Iron General.” In a concise but groundbreaking historical section, Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to the Japanese fascist thought in which North Korea’s first ideologues were schooled.

What emerges is a regime completely unlike the West’s perception of it. This is neither a bastion of Stalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy, but a paranoid nationalist, “military-first” state on the far right of the ideological spectrum.

Since popular support for the North Korean regime now derives almost exclusively from pride in North Korean military might, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear program. The implications for US foreign policy—which has hitherto treated North Korea as the last outpost of the Cold War—are as obvious as they are troubling. With North Korea now calling for a “blood reckoning” with the “Yankee jackals,” Myers’s unprecedented analysis could not be more timely.

About the Author

B.R. Myers was born in New Jersey and raised in Bermuda, South Africa and Germany. He has a Ph.D. in North Korean Studies from the University of Tübingen in Germany. His books include Han Sorya and North Korean Literature (Cornell East Asia Series, 1994) and A Readers Manifesto (Melville House, 2002). At present he directs the international studies department at Dongseo University in South Korea. In addition to writing literary criticism for the American magazine The Atlantic, of which he is a contributing editor, Myers regularly contributes articles on North Korea to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and academic publications.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781935554349
Subtitle:
How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
Publisher:
Melville House
Author:
Myers, B. R.
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
World History-Korea
Subject:
north korea;korea;non-fiction;history;ideology;sociology;asia
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111220
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BLACK-AND-WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.46 x 6.93 x 0.58 in 0.9 lb

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