도산 Dosan means Island Mountain.
"One final ingredient which entered the mold that produced Dosan, the nationalist leader, was a sense of personal destiny as a leader, a pioneer, someone destined to stand out, and possibly, stand alone. This sense was reflected in his choice of his pen name when he observed the lonely splendor of the Hawaiian peaks towering from the vastness of the surrounding ocean."
Arthur Leslie Gardner
This website is about the legacy of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryun - Helen Ahn. Their children including Philip Ahn, Dosan's oldest son, and Susan Ahn Cuddy, Dosan's oldest daughter, are part of this story. The comments, opinions and information provided here to the best of our knowledge represent what we consider to be the truth about Dosan.
Today we live in a world full of liars and cheats. Unfortunately the worst offenders are our leaders - both people and institutions. People like Donald Trump are clear examples of dishonesty for personal gain at the expense of a nation. How many citizens did he kill and will kill through his failed Presidency? Harvard University condoned the lies of its Law Professor J. Mark Ramseyer who said Comfort Women issue was "factually false" and "pure fiction". These lies are crimes against humanity.
The pervasive harm of wrong moral character is the problem with today's leadership and this problem is getting worse... not better. Character guides our destiny.
Dosan's life is an example of right action and sincere honesty. His leadership and love of his country and his countrymen was "pure". His leadership in the battle against Japanese Occupation of Korea was key to Korea being a nation, today. If not for Dosan the national language on the Korean peninsula would be Japanese. Dosan stopped Japan from obliterating his culture and its history.
Untruthful deceptive character contradicts Dosan's Four Main Principles:
- Seek the Truth
- Act upon the Truth
- Be Loyal and Trustworthy
- Be Courageous to Uphold the Truth
The basic understanding of right action, honesty and integrity needs to be taught properly. History needs to be taught better, as well. Our educational institutions, social institutions and religious institutions are failing. Revisionism and dishonesty are not good platforms for teaching. These failures are evident throughout modern society and can be clearly heard every time the news is reported.
Thank you for visiting this website.
Pioneer Koreans came to California, Hawaii and Mexico
"Discouragement of the youth
is the death of the nation!"
Need to Learn the Truth
Namseoul Univeristy 4
Unfortunately, COVID ended over 30 years of "visiting hours'. Students from South Korea and Southern California were frequent visitors to the "Muhan Dojeon Dosan Set". Many people came to see artifacts, documents and other historical material that helped them understand the Truth about Korean and Korean American history. People would leave here realizing they have been given a lot of propaganda about Dosan instead of the true story.
Students From Gwangju
High School and College group from Gwangju on a tour of American universities stopped to see some of the archives, hold history in their hands and learn about some facts not known to them about Korea history and Dosan.
March First 100th
and Dosan Exhibit
UCLA with Han Kim
Lee Jae Myung Visit 2015
Susan Ahn Cuddy was 100 years old when Governor Lee came to pay his respects.
Young Dosan Fans from Jejudo, South Korea at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Hall Atlanta, GA 2019 This group had no idea about Dosan being honored at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame right across the street.