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Hyun (David) Papers
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Description
David Hyun, son of Reverend Soon Hyun, was the first ever-Korean American architect and a self-described essayist. He is best known for his 1978 design of the Japanese Village Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, as part of a revitalization of Little Tokyo, and his dedication to documenting his father's work in the Korean Independence movement of 1919. His papers consist primarily of writings (by both himself and others), photographs, and architectural drawings and renderings. They also contain subject files, materials related to both Reverend Soon Hyun and the Korean American Museum, biographical materials and oral histories, articles and clippings, and architectural portfolios.
Background
David Hyun, born on January 3, 1917 in Korea, was the youngest son of Reverend Soon and Maria Lee Hyun. His father was a Methodist minister and a key member in the Korean Independence movement of 1919. Soon Hyun's involvement in the movement caused his family to flee from Korea to Shanghai, where Soon helped organize the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. After five years in Shanghai the Hyun family settled in Kauai, Hawaii, where Soon was the Provisional Government's official representative in America.
Extent
26.5 Linear Feet 22 boxes, 5 pallets
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.