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Song Hye-kyo and Professor Seo Kyung-duk Make a Meaningful Impact for 12 Years.

Actress Song Hye-kyo and Professor Seo Kyung-duk have been on a journey of significance for over a decade, and their recent act of generosity further exemplifies their commitment to preserving and sharing the history of the Korean independence movement. On the occasion of the 78th National Liberation Day, these two remarkable individuals announced a heartwarming gesture that is set to educate and inspire.

Celebrated for her acting prowess, Song Hye-kyo, along with Sungshin Women’s University professor Suh Kyung-deok, unveiled their latest endeavor: a guidebook shedding light on the history of the Korean independence movement in Hawaii, USA. This guidebook, available in both Korean and English, is a testament to their dedication. A remarkable 10,000 copies were donated to the prestigious Center for Korean Studies at Hawaii State University, with the intention of providing visitors with a comprehensive and informative resource, free of charge.

The guidebook’s contents encompass a comprehensive overview of the Korean independence movement in Hawaii. Notable sites, such as the General Assembly of the Korean National Assembly in Honolulu, the Korean Synthesis Association site, and the Oahu Cemetery, are intricately detailed within its pages.

Professor Seo Kyung-deok, the visionary behind this initiative, voiced his intentions, stating, “While it is wonderful for people to explore Hawaii’s renowned tourist destinations, especially as we commemorate the ‘120th anniversary of Korean immigrants to the Americas’ this year, I felt compelled to publish this guidebook to encourage individuals to take a moment to visit the historical landmarks of the Korean independence movement.”

Expressing concern for the current global circumstances brought about by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Seo pointed out, “The condition of Korean historical sites abroad has been greatly affected.”

In a poignant emphasis, he highlighted, “Sustained interest and visits from our fellow citizens hold the potential to be the driving force behind raising awareness and safeguarding the neglected remnants of our independence movement that exist beyond our borders.”

For those who may find it challenging to physically visit the historic sites in Hawaii, an alternative solution has been presented. The original guidebook file is available for download on the ‘Korean History’ website, making it accessible to a wider audience.

Throughout the span of 12 years, the collaboration between Seo Kyung-deok and Song Hye-kyo has yielded remarkable outcomes. Their support has resulted in the donation of Korean guidebooks, signboards, and relief efforts to an impressive count of 34 overseas Korean historical sites. Their unwavering dedication has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the preservation and promotion of Korean history, not only within their homeland but also on the global stage.

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