With reports of the demise of North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un swirling, I have been searching for more information on his sister,
Kim Yo Jong
. It's likely close observers of North Korean politics have known about Kim Jon Un's
sister long before this current situation, but for the rest of us, this is our first chance to get to know Kim Yo Jong.
First off, IDK what some my counterparts on ATS are smoking (or could it be the effects of huffing Lysol? not clear ATM); I think Yo Jong is pretty
darn attractive. I have seen one main photograph of her circulating in "The Media" where she was photographed without smiling, which doesn't
necessarily paint her in a flattering light.
But let's not forget, "The Media" holds its own agenda, and keeps its own counsel on how to portray a person, whether that be in words or in images.
If we were talking about succession of power in another country aside from North Korea, I'd bet money that less flattering pictures of a subject would
be much harder to come by. As it is, this concerns sussing out power in one of the most brutal, backwards and repressed nations on Earth, so don't
expect "The Media" to handle Yo Jong with kid gloves.
I'll admit, in some of the photos I've seen, Yo Jong does seem to cultivate a fairly cold public persona, and even sometimes when smiling, the emotion
of the moment seems to not reach her eyes. However, bear in mind that many of the photo ops are coming during serious diplomatic events, not during
publicity moments meant to show "a lighter side". Also, maybe we're being a bit harsh on applying feminine aesthetic standards to a women raised in
probably what we could imagine is the most chilling, Darwinisitc, cut-throat, "kill or be killed" environment imaginable. "Hi honey, how was soccer
practice today? How's the new coach working out? Hopefully we don't have to send her to hard labor camp, or the firing squad like her predecessor?"
There isn't a ton of information to draw upon when seeking to sketch a profile of Yo Jong's personality. Apparently she was educated in a Western
school, in Switzerland, like older brother. Her late father told foreign visitors to Pyongyang that his youngest daughter had a future eye towards
politics. There was apparently a period of time between her schooling in Switzerland and her older brother assumed power that not much is known about
her activities. After Kim Jong Un came to power, she became more prominent in foreign affairs. One of her official titles is "vice director of the
Propaganda and Agitation Department". Hmmm okay...agitation. Perhaps she had a talent for treading the fine line of annoyance and endearment that her
brother picked up on at an early age? I'd imagine if she'd been too much of a sibling rival, she'd have not made it past her 21 birthday.
In recent times, she has reportedly secured the trust of her brother, eliciting enough confidence from her older brother to attend the 2018 Winter
Olympics as a North Korean ambassador, and to have accompanied her brother to the nuclear weapons negotiations with Pres Trump. Yo Jong has also taken
point on commentary related to official dialog between Washington and Pyongyang, recently releasing a statement praising the tone and content of Pres.
Trumps letter to her brother. When taken as a whole, we're seeing a picture of a young woman that seems at ease in the political arena, and coupled
with her role as chief propagandist and agitator, does not demure under the glare of the international spotlight.
There are, of course, more sinister undertones to her image, and some reports describe that Yo Jong is both
"feared and respected"
among the party power brokers in North
Korea. As I hinted at earlier, when you consider that the woman has made it this far along at her brothers side without banishment, or even choosing
to distance herself with a family situation not far removed from a modern Game of Thrones, she conveys an image of self-confidence and gravitas
(probably another reason for not being seen in too many Kardashian style jaunts to shopping malls or night clubs).
It'll be interesting to see how Yo Jong's image will evolve. Will it mirror her brother's toeing the party line, or perhaps depart from previous
convention and norms, and potentially bringing much needed change in North Korea's attitude and interface to the international community.
on 26-4-2020 by SleeperHasAwakened because: fix links
edit on 26-4-2020 by SleeperHasAwakened because: Add pics