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Korean National Association in Hawaii and related lawsuits collection
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  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Historical Note
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries East Asian Library
    Title: Korean National Association in Hawaii and related lawsuits collection
    creator: Chang, Roberta
    Identifier/Call Number: 3004
    Identifier/Call Number: 948
    Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1945
    Abstract: By the year 1905 more than 7,000 Koreans populated the Territory of Hawaii. In 1909, the Korean National Association in Hawaii was established, along with a main headquarters in San Francisco, with a purpose for uniting all Koreans in the United States in a common cause. This small collection comprises lawsuits filed by the KNA and affiliated persons living in Hawaii between the period of 1915 and 1945, as well as some non-KNA related cases, unified by the struggle for political leadership in the Korean community in Hawaii under the rising power of Syngman Rhee.

    Arrangement

    Folders are arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Contents

    The Korean National Association in Hawaii and related lawsuits collection, 1915-1945, consists of twelve folders of photocopied legal documents, correspondence, and articles. The majority of folders within the collection comprise legal documents in the form of lawsuits filed primarily by the Korean National Association of Hawaii (KNA) or persons affiliated with the organization, many of which were held in first circuit Territory of Hawaii court. There are also a few matters pertaining to individuals unaffiliated with the KNA, such as one against Republic of Korea president Syngman Rhee. The remainder of the collection consists of two folders of non-court related documents, pertaining to both the KNA and the United Korean Committee in America in the form of correspondence, articles, and research.

    Historical Note

    Korean immigration to Hawaii has been a constant in the 20th century. The first large group of Korean immigrants arrived in January 13, 1903, travelling on the RMS Gaelic, which landed in the United States before they took up residence on various islands in the Territory of Hawaii. By 1905, more than 7,000 Koreans populated Hawaii. Many early immigrants of this period had some contract with American missionaries in Korea. For some, immigrating to the Territory of Hawaii was considered useful, in part, to help them in the modernization of their homeland.
    The Korean National Association (KNA) was established in 1909 in both Hawaii and San Francisco for the purpose of uniting all Koreans in the United States in a common cause. The KNA in Hawaii was composed primarily of Korean sugar-plantation workers, who sacrificed their wages to support the Korean liberation movement. At the same time, the KNA broadened its goals to support the needs of the Koreans in Hawaii and expanding the educational opportunities of the children. The KNA also focused on the struggle for political leadership in the Korean community in Hawaii, in which Syngman Rhee largely prevailed.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/Folder# or Item name]. Korean National Association in Hawaii and related lawsuits collection, Collection no. 3004, Korean Heritage Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Sold to David Hyun by Roberta Chang and subsequently gifted to USC.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Actions and defenses -- Hawaii -- Archival resources
    Circuit courts -- Hawaii -- Archival resources
    Immigrants -- Korea -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Korean Americans -- Hawaii -- History -- Archival resources
    Korean Americans -- Hawaii -- Archival resources
    Koreans -- Hawaii -- Archival resources
    Correspondence
    Legal documents
    Research (documents)
    Chang, Roberta -- Archives
    Kungminhoe (Hawaii) -- Archives
    Rhee, Syngman, 1875-1965 -- Archives
    United Korean Committee in America -- Archives