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The Making of the First Korean PresidentSyngman Rhee's Quest for Independence$
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Young Ick Lew

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831684

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831684.001.0001

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Solo Drive for Korean Independence in Europe and Marriage to Francesca Donner

Solo Drive for Korean Independence in Europe and Marriage to Francesca Donner

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(p.178) Chapter 7 Solo Drive for Korean Independence in Europe and Marriage to Francesca Donner
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The Making of the First Korean President
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Young Ick Lew

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831684.003.0007

This chapter details events in Syngman Rhee’s life in the early 1930s. Still smarting from his impeachment by the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai in 1925, the bankruptcy of his Tongji Investment Company, and the subsequent Democratization Revolt in Hawaii in the early 1930s, Rhee saw a diplomatic opening in Japan’s advance into Manchuria. He hoped to take advantage of heightened anti-Japanese concerns in the United States and Europe—as well as in China and Korea—to press for the cause of Korean independence. He found significant backing on November 10, 1932, when the cabinet of the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai asked that he travel to Geneva “for the presentation of the freedom of our Country and disclosing the Japanese [aggression] to her neighbor country contrary to the treaty with her neighbor” to the League of Nations. Rhee was formally appointed the head plenipotentiary of the Korean delegation. While in Geneva, Switzerland, Rhee met Francesca Maria Donner (1900–1992), an Austrian woman whom he married in October 1933.

Keywords:   Syngman Rhee, Korean independence, Japan, Francesca Maria Donner

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