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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Thomas Kim

Reader 2

Esther Chung-Kim

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Yun Chi-ho and Henry Chung, two lesser known Korean independence leaders, both believed that Korean independence was only possible by following in the footsteps and ideology of the United States, which they viewed as a modern and Christian nation. Christianity and American principles of self-governance and modernity ultimately guided their subsequent actions to mobilize and garner support for Korean independence from Koreans, Americans, and the Korean diaspora. Yun worked to educate the Korean people and pushed for self-improvement through political organizations, publications, and schools, reflecting the individualism that is a part of American democracy, modernity, and Christianity. Chung, on the other hand, worked to enlist American as well as diaspora support of Korean independence through his diplomatic work, lectures, and books. Yun and Chung, both devout Christians, attempted to build the Korean independence movement through work founded in American ideology and Christianity, though did so in different ways; Yun advocated for the self-improvement and education of Koreans, while Chung sought to gain the support of the United States.

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