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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, 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
  • Nam June Paik (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.

Musicians

Politicians

  • Ban Ki-moon (Korean: 반기문), 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Herbert Choy (Korean: 최영조), former U.S. Federal Judge
  • Lee Myung-bak (Korean: 이명박), 17th President of the Republic of Korea
  • Kim Dae-jung (Korean: 김대중), 15th President of the Republic of Korea
  • Kim Jong-il (Korean: 김정일), Supreme Leader of North Korea
  • Kim Young-sam (Korean: 김영삼), 14th President of the Republic of Korea
  • Ronald Moon, former Chief Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court
  • Park Chung-hee (Korean: 박정희), 3rd President of the Republic 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