Woman dies after bungee jumping in mall
Over 150 elementary schools have no 1st graders: ministry
[KH explains] Why Korea has been so quick to adopt ‘global minimum tax’
[From the Scene] 12 hours to get ER treatment -- it could get worse
Korea to lift land use restrictions near military bases
Mass walkout by trainee doctors nears deadline as health services crippled
Teachers and native English instructors now required to undergo drug testing
Broadcaster warned after omitting honorific for first lady
Russia sending North Korea food in return for arms: Seoul defense chief
[Today’s K-pop] Karina of aespa is dating actor Lee Jae-wook: report
Glimpse into life of pioneer of English-language journalism in KoreaBy Lim Jang-won
Published : Oct. 9, 2020 - 16:01
One of the earliest reporters for English newspaper The Korean Republic, founded in 1953 and later renamed The Korea Herald, was Lee Hi-chang.
Born in 1928 in South Pyongan Province in today’s North Korea during the Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, Lee entered Seoul National University in 1948 as a philosophy major and graduated in 1956.
Lee passed away in 2003 and a year later, his son, Dr. Lee Hang-lak, a professor at gastroentology department of Hanyang University Medical Center, decided to publish a book of his father‘s articles.
“After my father passed away, I wanted to do something to remember my father, to show filial piety,” Lee Hang-lak told The Korea Herald. “It struck me that collecting articles written by my father and seeing the steps he took would be meaningful.”
Lee gathered his father’s articles one by one, from the very first one headlined “Big US Aid Pledged to 4H Clubs” published in the April 4, 1956 edition of The Korean Republic to the last column he wrote for The Korea Herald in 1991.
“I felt writing in English back in the 1950s would’ve been very difficult for my father. I felt each English article was a lot of effort for my father,” said Lee. “If I didn’t find the articles, they would be just forgotten and lost. No one would remember the details of his work and just remember that he used to work at The Korea Herald. It was like finding a treasure when I first came upon the articles.”
“Through this book, I hope our descendants remember the spirit and accomplishment of our parents and give strength to press on every day,” said Lee Hang-lak.
By Lim Jang-won (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Articles by Lim Jang-won
Deadline looms over trainee doctors’ walkout
S. Korea, US vow stern measures on NK-Russia arms deal
Legality issues linger as nurses fill treatment void Tuesday