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  • Kim Gu (1876 - 1949)
  • Rev. Sun Myung Moon (1920 - 2012)
    Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Korean 문선명; born Mun Yong-myeong ; 25 February 1920 – 3 September 2012) was a Korean religious leader best known as the founder of the Unification Churc...
  • Myung-so Chung (1941 - 2007)
    Myung-so Chung was born in Seoul, Korea and was the eldest sibling of the Chung Family which Time Magazine has called one of the most successful musical families of the 20th century. Myung So was a nat...
  • Myung-wha Chung
    This is a Korean name; the family name is Chung. Myung-wha Chung Hangul 정명화 Revised Romanization Jeong Myeong(-)hwa McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Myŏng-hwa Myung-wha...
  • Myung-whun Chung
    Myung-whun Chung (born 22 January 1953, Seoul) is a South Korean pianist and conductor. His sisters, violinist Kyung-wha Chung, and cellist Myung-wha Chung, and he at one time performed together as t...

This project was started to focus on the contributions that Koreans and peoples of the Korean descent have made to society in the 20th and 21st century.

List of notable Koreans

Activists

  • Ryu Gwan-sun (Korean: 유관순), independence activist against the Japanese colonial rule of Korea

Actors

  • John Cho (Korean: 조요한), Korea-born American actor, best known for his roles in American Pie and Harold & Kumar
  • Peter Chung (Korean: 정건식), Korea-born American animator, creator and director of Æon Flux
  • Daniel Dae Kim (Korean: 김대현), Korea-born American actor, best known for his role on Lost
  • Grace Park, America-born Korean Canadian actress, best known for her role on Battlestar Galactica

Artists

  • Daniel Chun, Korean American writer, head writer and co-executive producer of The Office
  • Baek Nam-jun (Korean: 백남준), Korean-born American artist, father of video art
  • Jim Lee (Korean: 이용철), Korea-born American comic book artist, writer and editor, publisher of DC Comics

Athletes

  • Michelle Wie (Korean: 위성미), Korean American professional golfer

Businesspeople

Comedians

  • Margaret Cho, a Korean American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and recording artist.

Historians

  • Shin Jae-ho (Korean: 신재호), founder of the nationalist historiography of Korea

Musicians

Politicians

  • Ban Ki-moon (Korean: 반기문), 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Choi Yong-gon (Korean: 최용건), 2nd Head of State of North Korea
  • Herbert Choi (Korean: 최영조), former U.S. Federal Judge
  • Ahn Jung-guen (Korean: 안중근), political activist during the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea, assassinator of Itō Hirobumi
  • Ahn Chang-ho (Korean: 안창호), Korean independence activist, early leader of Korean-American Immagrant community of the United States
  • Lee Myung-bak (Korean: 이명박), 17th President of the Republic of Korea
  • Lee Syung-man (Korean: 이승만), 1st President of the Republic of Korea
  • Lee Shi-yeong (Korean: 이시영), 1st Vice President of the Republic of Korea
  • Lee Wan-yong (Korean: 이완용), pro-Japanese minister during the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea, traitor (Korean: 매국노) of Korea
  • Lee Bong-chang (Korean: 이봉창), political activist during the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea, failed assasinator of later-Emperor Hirohito
  • Yun Bong-gil (Korean: 윤봉길), political activist during the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea, assassinator of the Shanghai International Settlement (1932)
  • Kim Gu (Korean: 김구), political Activist during the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea, leader during the Korean Independence Movement (1913)
  • Kim Jwa-jin (Korean: 김좌진), Korean independence activist, general of the Korean independence army
  • Kim Du-bong (Korean: 김두봉), 1st Head of State of North Korea
  • Kim Dae-jung (Korean: 김대중), 15th President of the Republic of Korea
  • Kim Jong-il (Korean: 김정일), 2nd Supreme Leader of North Korea, 4th Head of State of North Korea
  • Kim Jong-un (Korean: 김정은), 3rd Supreme Leader of North Korea, 5th Head of State of North Korea
  • Kim Young-sam (Korean: 김영삼), 14th President of the Republic of Korea
  • Kim Won-bong (Korean: 김원봉), Korean anarchist, independence activist & statesman of North Korea
  • Kim Il-sung (Korean: 김일성), 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea, 3rd Head of State of North Korea
  • Ronald Moon, former Chief Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court
  • Park Chung-hee (Korean: 박정희), 3rd President of the Republic of Korea
  • Park Eun-Shik (Korean: 박은식), Korean historian, 2nd President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai
  • Park Hon-yong (Korean: 박헌영), Communist politician of North Korea, criminal for starting the Korean War
  • Hong Beom-do (Korean: 홍범도), political activist & patriotic soldier during the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea

Scholars

  • Jaegwon Kim (Korean: 김재권), Korea-born American philosopher, Professor of Philosophy at Brown University
  • Jim Yong Kim (Korean: 김용), Korea-born American physician, 17th President of Dartmouth College

Scientists

  • Mark L. Polansky, American of Korean descent aerospace engineer and research pilot, NASA astronaut

Singers

  • Rain (Korean: 정지훈), singer, actor, dancer, model and designer