A plaque on the Juche Tower in Pyongyang donated by the New York Group for the Study of Kim Il Sungism
Today I came across the WordPress blog of the North American Juche-Songun Ideas Study Group, which regardless of how you feel about the Juche (the DPRK’s national ideology) or Songun (the DPRK’s Military First Policy), is a fascinating visit.
For starters it does appear to be real and North American based, which is not only very relevant to the theme of this website, but also interesting from the perspective of a certain plaque on the base of the Juche Tower in Pyongyang (see above). In fact, at least one of its members seems to be based out of New York much like their predecessors in the 1970’s. The ever questioning Russia Today (RT) interviewed Chairman Jason Adam Tonis of the study group following the DPRK’s failed rocket launch in April (below)
The site contains numerous translations of the works of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and is surprisingly up-to-date with the speeches and works of Kim Jong Un. It also contains links to the works of Kim Myong Chol, “Director of the Centre of Korean-American Peace” who is a regular contributor to the Asia Times, and other Juche study groups around the world- including one in Nigeria, of all places.
In this way, the site serves well as a resource for those in search of primary sources on the DPRK, and, of course, an introduction for those brave souls wanting to read up on their Juche. I am interested to see if the “Study Guide” ever comes to include any North American specific material for the average Yank and Canuck.
Some final thoughts:
1. Someone needs to write Kim Myong Chol and tell him it’s “CentER of Korean-American Peace”. North Koreans are not the only people who are defensive about regional spelling. I’m sure he wouldn’t like the US making the (북)한미평화연구원, or something like that.
2. While I am pretty sure the DPRK does not support the North American Juche-Songun Ideas Study Group financially,they might do a lot to further the cause by sending Mr. Tonis a comb.