Revision of history and facts has damaged the record of the Pioneer Generation of Koreans in America, Hawaii and Mexico. Recently the detrimental impact of revisionism has increased with the deterioration of peoples' character and the instantaneous electronic distribution of misinformation. So called scholars and journalists cannot be trusted.
"Figures don't lie! Liars figure!"
Korean American History
Korean and Korean American history are poorly taught at all levels of education to start. Too many facts and information have been revised and twisted to fit the needs of professors, universities, media, publishers and businessmen. Personal gain and financial support are at the forefront of too many scholars' minds. Today students who have taken a Korean Studies class or courses related to Korea in Geography, Political Science, History or Anthropology have a misunderstanding of the actual story in too many cases. Harvard University and UC Riverside are two examples where re-writing history to meet hidden agendas creates a bad environment for truth.
Harvard has been and is pro-Japanese when things concern Korea and Japan. The Pro-Japanese culture at Harvard was clearly present in the early 1900's. The life of Harvard alumnus Edward Vernon Morgan is an example. The pro-Japanese tradition is still apparent in the recent Ramseyer distortion of Comfort Women history. Harvard Law Professor Ramseyer's revision of Korean history is supported by President Larry Bakow. Harvard has, does and will carry out this tradition leaving Korea's story in harms way as it was during the Japanese Occupation. Read Carole Cameron Shaw's The Foreign Destruction of Korean Independence.
UC Riverside consistently creates and publishes incorrect information disregarding the truth about Korean American History and Dosan Ahn Chang ho. In too many instances metadata for photographs, dates and details have been selectively used to support a variety of incorrect claims. In too many instances unauthorized use, unsupported claims and misinformation have been spread. UC Riverside is creating a false narrative that reflects South Korean American perceptions of Pioneer Generation history conflicting the history of Koreans from One Korea who came long before 1965.
Revisionism is rampant in Korea and Japan and around the world. Revisionism is the harmful norm in every culture and society today.
Chang is one of the top Revisionists in Pioneer Generation Korean American Studies. PBS got the wool pulled over its eyes. Chang has created an in depth incorrect history of Koreans in Riverside, California during an interview. Riverside was not a Koretown nor is it the Mecca of the Korean Independence Movement. Chang distorts Dosan Ahn Chang ho's life story for his personal gain selling books and the financial gain of UC Riverside as a solicitation for donations. Be careful without vetting what he says. Ask Chang why he avoids mentioning San Francisco's Korean story and the Dongjihoe.
Park is Ed Chang's cohort at UC Riverside. She is not an expert in Dosan's history, Korean Independence Movement, Korean American Pioneer history or the story of of Riverside as she claims. Her research is mediocre at best. Just like Chang's work, her work is based on limited and revised facts and misleading information. The Colonel Young Oak Kim Center for Koren Studies is misleading the public, media and students about the truth of Riverside's role in the Independence Movement. Colonel Kim is from the anti-Dosan pro-Syngman Rhee Dongjijoe. Colonel Kim's father was alazy drunk and hated Dosan. He was part of the group of Dongjihoe who had Dosan arrested in 1925. According to Col. Kim all Presbyterians were communists. Dosan was Presbyterian.
Park should not be teaching anything about Korean American early history or the Pioneer generation. Park tells people Dosan Ahn Chang Ho lived at USC in the USC Korean Studies Center. This was perpetuated by USC when they discovered the house. The misinformation about Dosan was used at the Ahn house and when it became the USC Korean Studies office. Dosan left America in 1926 abd never returned. The Ahns moved to USC in 1936 and Dosan was NEVER there. This is an example of poor teaching. Park is a follower of Ed Chang.
Hung Sa Dan
Otherwise known as the Young Korean Academy. Dosan founded this group in San Francisco in 1913. After Dosan left in 1926 the Hung Sa Dan started to deteriorate. When he died in 1938 the guiding light was gone. Today it is not the organization planned to teach Koreans to become better people and citizens. The recent YKA Historical Cultural Monument farce by the City of Los Angeles Office of Historical Resources, the LA Conservancy and District 8 Councilman Harris-Dawson was shameful. The Korean community collaborated with the Cultural Heritage Commission to create a false scenario about the significance of an old trashed house at 3421 Catalina Street. Many of the Hung Sa Dan members from Los Angeles and Mexico did not tell the truth.
PBS series Asian Americans is full of revised history about the Korean experience in America. The documentary is skewed to a Japanese American perspective. The Producers allotted five (5)minutes of the first one hundred twenty (120) minutes to Koreans in America. I was used for the subject of those five (5) minutes. What Rene Tajima Pena produced about Asian American history distorts the Korean American story. There were incorrect claims about Korean land ownership, political activism and naturalization for example. Numerous hours of interviewing me and the images I provided were wasted. People who have such limited knowledge about Koreans pulled the wool over PBS's eyes.
PBS is not what it used to be. Be careful what you believe when you view its programs. Be on guard whenever PBS produces and airs anything about Korea or Koreans in America.