I’ve been watching Kim Jong Yun’s and Kim Yong Chol’s films since I was a kid, and I’m really enjoying it.
I’m also fascinated by how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) manages to manage to keep it so complicated in the midst of a huge global crisis, and why they still manage to manage it.
It’s a mystery I still don’t understand, but one that I think deserves its own podcast.
Kim Jong Yun: The Life and Times of Kim Jong is the first book I’ve read from the perspective of Kim Yong chol, the son of the late Kim Jong il, and is also his first full-length novel, with the added bonus of an interview with Kim Jong Jung.
It covers the years between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, when the dynasty’s power was declining, and when the Kim family took control of the country.
I don’t know if I’ll ever read a book like this, but it has been a real privilege to sit down with Kim Yong-chol and Kim Chol, who were so incredibly influential in shaping the country, and how that was ultimately transformed.
I really enjoyed the interview with Jong-un, which also featured a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Kim Jong Nam and Kim Sung Chol.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview: KIM JONG-UN: This is Kim Jong Chol with Kim Il Sung, my grandfather.
JONG-CHOL: This was my grandfather’s favorite book.
He read it as a child, but when I was younger, I was really fascinated by the way the author was able to describe the events that were happening in China.
There were two main things that he really wanted to convey: one was the idea of unity, the other was the unification of the people of the East and West.
The unification of people is really important for us.
It was a big change for the world.
We are united, but we are not the same people.
(I’m paraphrasing here, but Kim Jong Sung Chul is the author of the book, and his name is in the title.
The interview with the Kim Jong family is conducted in Korean.)
JON: That unification is really the core of the dynasty.
It really is.
We’re unified as a people.
I was very impressed with Kim’s mastery of language.
I thought he was an amazing writer.
So when he said unification is the core, I knew that he was very passionate about that.
When we were discussing the unification issue, the first thing that came up was unification of religion, the one issue that had the biggest influence on the Chinese people, the idea that they were all equal, that they had the same place.
And that was really a big thing for Kim, as a man of the North Korean elite.
And I really liked the idea, that all North Koreans should have a chance to learn the language of unity.
As you mentioned, he was a brilliant writer.
JON: The first book he wrote, the biography of Kim Il-sung, was published in 1972, so he was quite young when he wrote it.
In the beginning, Kim Jong was just a young man, but he really made a huge impact on the history of the DPRK.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much he inspired me as a young writer.
He was so brilliant.
He was the perfect leader.
He didn’t even have to think about what he was going to do.
He could write.
He just wrote.
We had a really good relationship, and he became my friend, and my mentor, and then my wife, and so many people.
He had an unbelievable life.
I think I’ll never forget it.
He always wrote poems, and stories, and pictures, and everything that was important to him.
He did that with such an incredible passion, and with such a sense of purpose.
A great writer has a great time writing, but there are times when it’s the best to sit and think.
It’s one of the few times that I’ve sat and thought about writing about my own life, and it’s really satisfying.
I always feel like I’m living a life that I never thought about before.
I don’t think I would have written that much about myself.
But the life I’m leading right now is absolutely a life of the utmost importance.
I have such great respect for him, and this book is really a testament to the great writer that he is.
If you want to read more from Kim Jong Yong-Chol, be sure to check out his new memoir, The North Korean Dream: How to Be a Leader and a People