Riverside's Manipulation of Korean American History

Most of what is coming out of UC Riverside Young Oak Kim Studies Center is not accurate and is misleading. There is an attempt to suck Dosan into this Center. It is wrong. UC Riverside and the City of Riverside are using Dosan and Korean American history to build student enrollment of Koreans from Gangnam and the Korean American community. And, they are trying to create a "tourist trap".  

I will do my best to stop detrimental developments. because what is going on is wrong.

Presenting bad information is a widespread problem. After reviewing the San Francisco Korean American Museum website, their English information reflects extremely poor historical research and concept of immigration, too. I'm afraid to ask someone to translate Korean.

Establishing Pachappa as more than a migrant farm labor camp is wrong. They are using Dosan and my grandmother and disrespecting their legacy. For example, part of the argument from UC Riverside claims Dosan was in Riverside continuously from 1904-1907 and 1911-1913. I went through my family information - which is published along with Korean historical information - and put together the timeline attached below.

Dosan was in Riverside March 1904 to April 1905. He was hardly in Riverside after he left to go to SF in April of 1905. He left for Korea Jan 1907. He was gone 4 years.

He was in SF more than Riverside between 1911 and 1913.

Riverside claims Yi Hye Ryon (halmoni) lived in Riverside straight from 1905 to 1913 - doesn't look like that's right either.

Not one Independence Movement organization had it's HQ in Riverside. Almost ALL were in San Francisco. 

Ed Chang is a UC professor - how? He is making up facts with financial support of Dr. Mike Myung Ki Hong.

Most Korean American History and Asian American studies professors are not qualified to teach Korean American Pioneer Generation or Dosan history. They do not know the fundamentals of the Korean Independence Movement in Korea and here. There are a few who know a reasonable amount. However, these scholars allowed the Centennial of Korean Immigration and Korean American Day to be established on false Korean and American history. So, there is a lot wrong in educating anyone interested. Revisionism is happening at an alarming rate. This has to stop.

If the professors and institutions and governments are not educating people with the truth - how do you expect students to learn something worthy of their time? Too many people are believing and quoting bad information.

Ever wonder why the Comfort Women issue has taken so long... improper education allowing people to avoid the truth should be one of the first things that comes to mind.

"History is not history unless it is the truth." Abraham Lincoln.

"Some times the tolerant person is worse than the wrong doer." Dosan

Flip Cuddy 

Riverside Falsely Claims It is "First Ever Koreatown." What Happened to San Francisco?

August 2015 | Dosan Memorial Foundation Chairman Dr. Mike Myung Ki Hong explaining to Korea Times Reporters that Riverside is the "First Ever Koreatown". Surprising to find out a person who is supposed to know Korean and Dosan hisotry better than most is completely wrong with his facts. The Dosan Memorial Foundation has not been following Dosan's legacy efficiently or accurately. 

June 15, 2016 |  Wrong facts presented again! Dr. Mike Myung Ki Hong Chairman of the Dosan Memorial Foundation and Ethnic Studies Professor Ed Chang of Young Oak Kim Center at UC Riverside present incorrect details about Dosan and the other Korean laborers who used the Pachappa Labor Camp. It was not a "Koreatown". However, the City Of Riverside Historic Preservation Team believed the wrong information given by Hong and Chang's testimony. It is disappointing to realize the City of Riverside itself has no academic concept of the man's life whose statue stands in the Riverside City Plaza. Why are they even trying to make this far reach to claim something not true?

Dosan Memorial Foundation and UC Riverside Young Oak Kim Center claim Riverside, California is First Ever Koreatown. Starting in August of 2015 Dosan Memorial Foundation Chairperson Dr. Mike Myung Ki Hong laid claim that his hometown of Riverside is the first Koreatown. The first photo on the left is from the article in the Korea Times reporting Dr. Hong's claims.

On June 2016, Professor Ed Chang Director of the Young Oak Kim Center at the University of California Riverside joined Dr. Mike Myung Ki Hong in a presentation to the City of Riverside City Council Historical Preservation Committee convincing its members Riverside was the "First Ever Koreatown." The Committee unanimously believed what was presented at the hearing approving the "resolution". The matter is pending presentation to the Mayor and City Council Members for their review.

The suggestion that Riverside is the "First Ever Koreatown" is wrong and it is based on incorrect historical information provided to the City of Riverside.

It would be a serious revision of history to change the long time understanding that San Francisco holds the claim Riverside is attempting to make.

Key activities related to Dosan's legacy supports San Francisco. Historical records do not support Riverside. There were already Koreans in San Francisco when Dosan and Helen arrive on October 12, 1902. By 1903 Koreans began to come from Hawaii to get out of plantation work. Dosan started the first Korean Community organization there called the Chinmokhoe (Friendship Association) in 1903, organized the first prayer group, established both the headquarters of the Kongnip Hyophoe (Mutual Assistance Assn.) and the first Korean newspaper in 1905.  Dosan established an employment agency in San Francisco. Dosan then went to Riverside with Yi Kang who had run labor camps in Hawaii. They set up Pachappa Labor Camp styled after the Hawaii Labor Camps. Almost every Korean organization had its headquarters in San Francisco. Can anyone recall Riverside having a port of entry for Koreans? What do you call the community that developed there? Can the Pachappa Labor Camp meet the definition of a "town"? One thing that is becoming clear is people in Riverside are mistaken about Korean history.

Flip Cuddy

New Dosan Mural in Koreatown, LA

The Ktwon Dosan mural is DONE and it is AWESOME.

This project was meaningful. Sincerity, respect and cooperation combined with distinctive talent created a succesful expression from the heart! Dosan Style!!

By young people for young people Keepin Our Roots Eternal!

Thanks a million times to: Mr. Kim for the wall - Matt for the vision - Joseph for the rewarding artwork - Dosan for your amazing life!

Flip Cuddy


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Dosan's Death Day | March 10

March 10 is Dosan's Death Day. He was killed by the Japanese. In 1937 the Japanese police arrested Dosan and jailed him at Sodaemun Prison in Seoul. They tortured him, as they had done many times before during his previous arrests. According to Dr. Won Tai Sohn the Japanese guards ground up glass and put it in Dosan's food to finish him off. Dosan already had internal health complications from torture. After Christmas of 1937 the Japanese realized Dosan was nearing death. They took him out of prison and put him in Seoul National Medical Hospital. The Japanese knew if Dosan died in prison that would spark patriotism and fuel anti-Japanese emotions among Koreans. He spent the last couple months of his life ailing and suffering. The Japanese would not let many people see him. They limited his visitors. Dosan finally died on March 10, 1938. After he died they buried him up in the hills of Mangwoori outside of Seoul where it was difficult for people to pay respects. The Japanese guarded the pathway to Dosan's grave.

From his early years to his last days he lived and died for Korea and its people. He loved Korea more than life and more then his family he left in California for the last time in 1926. He gave his all to be of service to Korean people and died for their Independence.

All people who have a drop of Korean blood no matter where they are were influenced and are influenced by Dosan's life. Without the sacrifice Dosan made to fight off Japanese plans to obliterate Korea - Korea and Koreans would not have its success as a nation today. All Koreans owe Dosan their respect forever.

Dosan was the most sincere Korean patriot. 

Flip Cuddy

Syngman Rhee - Korea's Power Hungry Dictator

Syngman Rhee

"Hundred Years War in Korea" is a recent Korean film I watched on Youtube about Collaborators and Resistance during the Japanese Occupation of Korea. The film's characterization of Syngman Rhee brought up the conflicting views of Rhee's role as a patriot or political gangster.  

This film confirmed my long time suspicion Rhee was a political gangster. From what I was told when I was growing up by some of my family, stories from people exposed to Rhee's corruption and through researching many accounts of Rhee's actions he could  be portrayed as a Godfather of organized criminals. He seemed to have ruled Korea with Mafia style politics and not the democratic ideals a sincere leader of the people would use.

Rhee has been bathed in glory as a supreme patriot by false facts from scholars who have manipulated history and presented bad information as the truth. How could people be so opportunistic at the expense of Korea's actual history? There are many historical records that present Rhee as a dishonest egocentric obstacle during the Independence Movement. For example, the collection of document images of an original United Korean Committee communication presents one of many historical records exposing the disruptive, shrewd and problematic character of Rhee. Hawaiian newspaers reveal Rhee was somewhat of a trouble making thug. Rhee was not the patriotic saint some people reported he was.

Lately, too many Korean government officials and money influenced historians are censoring history and whitewashing Rhee's past. The upcoming film should uncover some hidden stories and expose the truth about Rhee.  

"History isn't history unless it is the truth" - President Abraham Lincoln

Flip Cuddy