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Sohn Ki-chung: Keeping the Memory Alive

Sohn Ki-chung: Keeping the Memory Alive
  • Author : Kang Hyung-koo
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : July 2004
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 8.27 x 11.02 x 0.43
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN : 89-953760-3-1


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  • Product Description
  • “Sohn Ki-chung: Keeping the Memory Alive” is the first photo book about Korea’s legendary marathoner Sohn Ki-chung. Some 150 photos of Sohn are presented in this book, including 30 that are being shown for the first time. Divided into four parts, the book tells the story of Sohn’s victorious moment in the 1936 Olympics, the aftermath of the event, and Sohn’s personal life, defining the 1936 Berlin Olympics with vivid documentary images. Though the text of the book is written in Korean, photos with English captions provide enough explanation for readers to understand. Under Japanese colonization, Sohn recovered Korea’s national pride by winning a gold medal in the marathon event at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Though he could not help but to receive the honor as a Japanese national, the event gave Koreans hope for the liberation of their nation and helped birth an anti-Japanese movement. This later manifested in the Dong-A Ilbo’s news report about Sohn, which included a photo of him with the Japanese flag on his jacket erased. Author Kang Hyung-koo, art professor of Chung-Ang University and organizer of the exhibition, maintained a good relationship with the national hero from their first meeting until Sohn’s death in 2002 at the age of 90.



    About the Author

    Kang Hyung-koo is one of Korea’s most noted portraitists, renowned for his lifelike, large-scale portraits of world celebrities.

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