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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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In Pursuit of Diplomatic Recognition during the Pacific War

In Pursuit of Diplomatic Recognition during the Pacific War

(p.203) Chapter 8 In Pursuit of Diplomatic Recognition during the Pacific War
The Making of the First Korean President

Young Ick Lew

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter details events in Syngman Rhee’s life in the 1940s. Topics covered include his diplomatic efforts in Washington, D.C.; lobbying of the State Department by the Korean–American Council; lobbying of the U.S. Congress by the Christian Friends of Korea; collaboration with the Office of Strategic Services; and diplomatic and propaganda efforts at the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. During the Pacific War, Rhee failed to obtain recognition of the Korean Provisional Government (KPG) from the United States government despite the tireless diplomatic and propaganda campaign he carried out in collaboration with the Korean–American Council and the Christian Friends of Korea—with the full backing of the KPG and the Comrade Society. He attributed the cause of his failure to the deeply ingrained pro-Japanese and anti-Korean bias of the officials in the State Department.

Keywords:   Syngman Rhee, diplomacy, diplomatic efforts, lobbying, Korean Provisional Government, Korean–American Council, Christian Friends of Korea, Comrade Society

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