Monday, February 18, 2008

Day 99, Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho Statue, Riverside, CA

Another of the diversity statues that are placed down town Riverside.  

From Wikipedia

An Chang-ho, or Ahn Chang-ho, pen name Dosan, (November 91878 - March 101938) was a Korean independence activist and one of the early leaders of the Korean-American immigrant community in the United States. He established the Young Korean Academy (흥사단; 興士團) and was a key member in the founding of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai. An is one of two men believed to have written the lyrics of the aegukga, the South Korean national anthem. He was also the father of Hollywood actor Philip Ahnand Philip was honored with a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1984. Susan Ahn Cuddy is the oldest daughter of Ahn Chang Ho. She is the first Asian woman in the United States Navy and the first Asian woman to serve as a Gunnery Officer in all US Forces. She worked for Navy Intelligence and was the first Korean American to work for the National Security Agency. She received a Woman of the Year Award in California in 2003 and The American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center in Washington DC in 2006.

Ahn was born in 1878 in KangsoPyeongan province, in present-day South PyonganNorth Korea. In 1896, Ahn moved to Seoul where he attended Gusae Hakdang, a missionary-sponsored school and eventually converted to Christianity over a period of four years.

In 1902, Ahn came to San Francisco with his wife Helen in order to get a better education. While living in California, he witnessed two Koreans fighting in the streets over sales turf. Ahn was apparently upset by this display of incivility among his countrymen overseas, and he began to invest time into reforming the local Korean diaspora, rising to become one of the first leaders of the Korean-American community.[1]He founded the Friendship Society in 1903, the first Korean organization in the continental United States. In 1906, he established the Mutual Assistance Society (MAS). MAS would eventually merge with the United Korean Society in Hawaii to become the Korean National Association (대한인국민회; 大韓人國民會), the official agent of Koreans in the United States until the end of World War II.[2]

Many consider Ahn Chang-ho to be one of the key moral and philosophical leaders of Korea during the 20th century. In the turmoil immediately before and during the Japanese occupation of Korea, he called for the moral and spiritual renewal of the Korean people through education as one of the important components in their struggle for independence.

In 1938, Japanese authorities arrested Ahn, but due to severe illness, he was released on bail and transferred to the Kyungsung University hospital where he died on March 101938. A memorial park (called 'Dosan Park'; Korean: 도산공원) and hall were built to honor him in Gangnam-guSeoul.[3] Another memorial was built in downtown RiversideCalifornia to honor him. Ahn's family home on 36th Place in Los Angeles has been restored by the University of Southern California, on whose campus it sits (albeit in a different location)[1]. The City of Los Angeles has also declared the nearby intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Van Buren Place to be "Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Square" in his honor[2]. The Taekwondo pattern Do-San was named after him.

A main freeway interchange in downtown Los Angeles where the 10 Freeway and 110 Freeway meet is named after Dosan Ahn Chang Ho.

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EXIF Data,

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