Moon, Yang-mok

Moon, Yang-mok: Exiled after Dong-hak Peasant Revolution and supported for the legal defense of Chang, In-wan and Jeon, Myeong-woon on the assassination of Stevens in San Francisco in 1908.


Born in 1869, when Dong-hak Peasant Revolution erupted, he actively participated in the riot. When the revolution fizzled out, Moon was arrested, yet he escaped. Thereafter, he fled to Hawaii sugar plantation for work. He relocated to San Francisco and started his early impact on Korean community. He organized and became the president of Dae Dong Bo Gook Association to instill national independence. When Durham White Stevens, an advisor to Korean king, was visiting San Francisco, he made a cockamamie statement to justify the Japanese invasion and occupation to the local newspaper.  When Moon visited Stevens to retract his remark, Stevens flatly refused. Moon beat him and returned. The next day, Stevens was shot to death on March 23, 1908. His major contribution was his wholehearted preparation for legal defense. After Dae Dong Bo Gook Association merged into the Korean National Association, he participated in the International Paris Peace Conference. Later, he became an editor-in-chief of Shin Han Min Bo, he argued the importance of Korean independence  supporting Park, Yong-man’s military strategy as well. In 1910, he published Syngman Rhee’s “The Spirit of Independence” instilling Koreans with the national independence. In 1911, he became the president of the Korean National Association advancing the training of Korean youth. He had four children: Henry, a pathology director at U.C. Berkeley, Ikso, a Ph.D., Bill, another medical doctor, and Hannah. Moon passed away in 1940 before the Korean liberation. In 1995, the South Korean government posthumously recognized him with the Order of Merit of National Foundation / Independence Award for his conspicuous contribution to the cause of Korean independence and unfaltering service for the Korean community in the United States.



◀ Moon and his wife Lee, Chan-seong. They had four children.