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Finding Aid for the Hei Sop Chin Archival Collection, 1906-1970
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Description
Hei Sop Chin (1905- ) was the editor of the World Literary Dictionary (1955), wrote the textbooks Korean reader (1958) and Fundamental Korean for English speaking people (1959), founded, edited, and published the news weekly Hanmi t'ongsin, or The Korean American news bulletin (1961-1965), was the head of the lithograph department at the University of Southern California Press, founded Johnny International men's clothing importing company (1970), and founded two corporations (1983), Harry and Sons, and Asia International to promote joint ventures and business development in China. The collection consists of materials related to the Korean independence movement in Hawaii and the mainland United States prior to 1945, organizational papers pertaining to Tongjihae, and documents pertaining to the United Korean Committee, Korean Interim Government and Assembly and the Korean Community Center in Los Angeles.
Background
Hei Sop Chin, or Harry Chin, was born in Jirin, China, his father having left Korea in 1905, after the Japanese takeover; came to Seoul when Korea was liberated in 1945; graduated with a degree in Korean language and literature from the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Seoul National University, 1954; attended graduate school there; was an editor of the World Literary Dictionary (1955); came to the U.S. and continued graduate school at the University of Southern California in comparative literature and Asiatic studies; became instructor at the Korean language school run by the Korean National Association; wrote the textbooks Korean reader (1958) and Fundamental Korean for English speaking people (1959); founded, edited, and published news weekly Hanmi t'ongsin, or The Korean American news bulletin, 1961-1965; in 1962 the Republic of Korea gave him an Official Commendation and Award for Excellent Achievement in Korean Culture; head of lithograph department, University of Southern California Press; instructor, Los Angeles City College, 1968-69; founded Johnny International men's clothing importing company in 1970, and in 1983 founded two corporations, Harry and Sons, and Asia International to promote joint ventures and business development in China; appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to the Korea America Centennial Committee in 1982.Hei Sop Chin, or Harry Chin, was born in Jirin, China. His father emigrated there after Japan made itself suzerain of Korea in 1905. Hei Sop Chin came to Seoul when Korea was liberated in 1945.
Extent
37 boxes (19 linear ft.) 5 oversize flat boxes
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.