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Jang Jin-sung (장진성) is the pseudonym[1] of a North Koreanpoet who defected to South Korea. He had worked as a high-ranking propaganda official.[2][3][4] Jang claims to have been one of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's favorite propaganda poets.[5]

He defected to South Korea in 2004.[6][7]

New Focus International[edit]

He started his own defectors' magazine New Focus International (뉴포커스).[10]


  1. ^Jin-Seong, Jang | Southbank Centre There he has just published a volume of poetry, For 100 Won, My Daughter I Sell. Jang Jin-sung uses a pseudonym to avoid endangering relatives left behind in ...
  2. ^BBC News - Inside North Korea: The day Kim Jong-il gave me a Rolex Jan 5, 2012 - North Korean poet Jang Jin-sung has unique insights into Kim Jong-il's inner circle, having worked as a high-ranking propagandist until he fled ...
  3. ^› Culture › Books North Korean 'court poet' to publish memoir | Books | guardian.co.uk May 1, 2013 - He's seen Kim Jong-il cry - Jang Jin-sung's story of life inside the totalitarian state's propaganda machine could be electric.
  4. ^About Us - New Focus International Jang Jin-sung is founder and director. As former chief propagandist and poet laureate under North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, Jang has unparalleled insights ...
  5. ^Jin-sung, North Korean Poet, Writes Of Hunger, Brutality In The ... Jul 1, 2012 - LONDON — He says he was one of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's favorite propaganda artists, singing the praises of the Dear Leader ...
  6. ^› Publications › The World Today › Archive Ten minutes with...Jang Jin-sun | Chatham House: Independent ... Selected as a state poet for Kim Jong-il, Jang Jin-sung defected to South Korea and became a best-selling author. He speaks to Libby Powell. How was your ..."
  7. ^More on North Korean Literature & poet Jang Jin-sung Jun 6, 2013 - An interesting additional piece, Reclaiming North Korean Literature, by Shirley Lee, which Words Without Borders added after their first ...
  8. ^› GlobalPost Blogs › Weird Wide Web Crossing the Border: Jang Jin Sung, North Korea's poet laureate, to ... May 2, 2013 - Jang Jin Sung, former poet to Kim Jong Il, has announced plans to publish his memoirs in an English-language translation. Titled 'Crossing the ...
  9. ^Defector Poet Jang Jin Sung, "I Am Selling My Daughter for 100 Won" May 13, 2008 - Defector poet Jang Jin Sung's poetry collection, "I am selling my daughter for 100 won," which subtly yet realistically portrays the "March of ...
  10. ^Jang Jin-sung | NK News – North Korea News Jang Jin-sung is North Korea's former poet laureate under Kim Jong Il, and is now Editor-in-chief of New Focus International.
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