[KS] SUNY Book news related to Cultural Nationalism-

Frank M. Tedesco tedesco at uriel.net
Thu Jul 2 02:11:19 EDT 1998

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<b><font size =-1 color="#37a763" > 07-02-98 : </font>
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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 
http://www.sunypress.edu. (HJJ)   


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