Liem, Channing, 1909-1996

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Channing Liem was born in Whangai Province, North Korea, on Oct. 30, 1909. He came to the United States in 1930 where he attended Lafayette College (1930-1934), Princeton (1940-1945), and Yale (1954-1955). He served as Consultant on Far Eastern Affairs to the U.S. Office of Censorship (1942-1945) and assisted in the Korean independence movement. He also served as Permanent Observer for Korea to the United Nations, 1960-1961, and was a professor of political science and Asian studies at Chatham College and SUNY-New Paltz. He died in Berkeley, Calif. in 1996.

From the description of Photographs from the Channing and Popai Liem papers [graphic]. ca. 1930-ca. 1995. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 745927871

Channing Liem was born in Whangai Province, North Korea, on Oct. 30, 1909. He came to the United States in 1930 where he attended Lafayette College (1930-1934), Princeton (1940-1945), and Yale (1954-1955). He served as Consultant on Far Eastern Affairs to the U.S. Office of Censorship (1942-1945) and assisted in the Korean independence movement. He also served as Permanent Observer for Korea to the United Nations, 1960-1961.

From the description of Channing and Popai Liem papers, 1927-1997. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 50707658

Biographical Sketch

Channing Liem, born in Whangai Province, North Korea October 30, 1909, came to the United States in 1930 where he attended Lafayette College (1930-1934) later studying political science at Princeton (1940-1945). He did post-graduate work on a Ford Fellowship at Yale (1954-1955).

During World War II Liem served as Consultant on Far Eastern Affairs to the United States Office of Censorship (1942-1945) and assisted Philip Jaishon and Syngman Rhee, Korea's emigre nationalist leaders in the Korean independence movement. Following the war he returned to Korea to serve concurrently as Korean Affairs Advisor to the American Military Government in Korea (1948-1949) and secretary to Philip Jaisohn, Chief Advisor to the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces.

Liem refused to serve in his government during the Presidency of Syngman Rhee and returned to the United States to begin twelve years of self imposed exile. During this period Liem taught political science at Pennsylvania College for Women (now called Chatham College). Following Korean president Syngman Rhee's ouster in 1960 Liem served as the first ambassador to the United Nations in the reform government of J. Myun Chang. A year later he submitted his resignation in protest of Park Chung Hee's. He was one of several hundred Korean leaders to lose their citizenship rights under the Park regime.

In 1976 Liem's wife, Popai, journeyed to North Korea. Two years later Liem made his own first visit since partition. It was his conviction that Korean reunification could be achieved peacefully without foreign interference and, serving as the head of several national and international organizations in the years following, he endeavored to maintain peace in his native land.

From the guide to the Channing and Popai Liem Papers, ca. 1927-1997, (The Bancroft Library)

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United States
Korea (North)
Korea
Korea (South)
Korea (South)
Korea
United States
Subject
Korean Americans--Photographs
Democracy
Diplomats--Photographs
Koreans
Korean reunification question (1945- )
Koreans--Photographs
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Person

Birth 1909

Death 1996

English,

Korean,

Chinese,

Japanese

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