Jacob Kyung Dunn

Jacob Kyung Dunn: He worked as a Diplomatic Committee Chairman Secretary of United Korean Committee in America.


He immigrated to Hawaii in 1906 with his par- ents as a sugar plantation laborer. Later, he came to mainland and was adopted by an American family. He worked through Michigan University to study political science. He was the first Asian to become the winner of the American Colle- giate Speech Contest demonstrating his social skills and knowledge. Upon his graduation, he returned to Hawaii to engage in an auto painting business with smashing success. In 1931, he joined an organization that supported the Provisional Government for the next eight years. In 1941, he was actively involved in the establishment of the United Korean Committee in America with participation not only from Hawaii, but from all over the United States. He was elected as representative to China along with Charles H. Kim. However, Dong Ji Hoe of Syngman Rhee in 1943 had withdrawn from the United Korean Committee to set up his own Diplomacy Com- mittee. In 1944, the United Korean Committee opened up its own Diplomatic Committee in Washington, D.C. and Jacob was involved with Korean independence activities as its secretary of the Committee Chairman. When the Institute of Pacific Relations  had a conference in Hot Springs in Virginia, he was busy proclaiming the legitimacy of Korean independence and elected to be a representative for the coming United Nations for peace, post WWII. With Korean liberation in August, 1945, he re- turned to Korea after forty years. He became the vice-president of the Korean Olympic Com- mittee for South Korea to be at London Olympic Games. He left for the IOC conference in Stockholm in 1947 as a Korean representative. He was on a U.S. military airplane to fly there. However, the plane crashed near Mt. Fuji in Japan and he died. In 1962, the South Korean government posthumously recognized him with the Order of Merit of National Foundation / Patriotism Award for his sacrifice and contribution for Korean independence movement.