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Frank M. Tedesco
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New Book; Biography of Pioneer Nationalist Entrepreneur
Published in English
A Korean Nationalist Entrepreneur A Life History of Kim Song-su,
1891-1955; Written by Kim Choong-soon; Published by State University
of New York Press; 1998; 237 pages; Hardcopy $65.95, Paperback
<p> An English-language biography of the late Kim Song-su, an educator,
entrepreneur and leader of the Korean nationalist movement during
Japanese colonial rule, has been published by a U.S. university
<p> Kim, the founder of the vernacular daily Dong-a Ilbo, is widely
recognized for contributing to the modernization of Korea's
education, industry and politics.
<p> The writer Kim Choong-soon, an anthropology professor at the
University of Tennessee at Martin, chronologically details his life
and times in the seven-chapter book.
<p> The author says Kim's life was interwoven with some of the most
important events in the history of early 20th century Korea. Though
the book focuses on Kim's life, it also provides a comprehensive
view of modern Korean history.
<p> Much of the book is devoted to examining the different ideals and
strategies among independent movement groups during Japan's colonial
rule, ranging from advocates of armed struggle to more moderate
nationalists like Kim.
<p> Kim and his associates championed the so-called cultural nationalism
movement which chose nonviolent resistance to achieve independence.
Emphasizing the ``self-strengthening'' of the Korean people, they
started various projects to modernize the nation's politics,
economy, education and media.
<p> This approach was criticized by some historians and politicians as
compromising with the Japanese. After liberation, Kim was accused
for collaborating with the colonial authorities.
<p> But the author views the cultural nationalists' vision as being
realistic for that time.
<p> ``Although political independence was presently unobtainable, ...
social, cultural and economical self-strengthening was certainly an
acceptable secondary goal,'' the author says.
<p> He adds that Kim's efforts were pivotal in forging ``the foundation
of future development of the nation after independence.''
<p> Kim was born to a wealthy landowner family in 1891. After graduation
from Waseda University in Japan, he played an important role in
planning the May 1 Independence Movement in 1919.
<p> In the same year, he established Kyongsong Textile Co., the nation's
first textile company. In 1920, Kim founded Dong-a Ilbo which helped
promote the nationalist movement and mass education. In 1932, he
took over the financially troubled Posong Junior College and
developed it into Koryo University, one of the nation's major
<p> After liberation, he led the conservative Korean Democratic Party,
the main opposition party during the 1950s. He was elected vice
president in 1951 under President Syngman Rhee, but he resigned the
following year, denouncing Rhee's autocratic rule. ``A Korean
Nationalist Entrepreneur'' is part of a Korean studies series by the
State University of New York, which has published several books
about Korea in English.
<p> ``This book is a precious contribution to the study of cultural
nationalism, which has yet to be properly appreciated by
historians,'' says the Inchon Memorial Society. Inchon is Kim's pen
<p> For more information, call the society at 361-0191 or visit the
Internet home page of the State New York University Press at
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