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---- As a new member, I would like to introduce myself. I am Jacqueline Pak with research interests in intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth century East Asia, especially the formation and development of Korean nationalism and democracy. As a Ph.D. dissertation, I wrote an intellectual biography of the preeminent nationalist leader of Korea, An Ch'angho (1878-1938), using his private papers for the first time, in the history dept. of the University of London, SOAS. (Comparable to Sun Yat-sen of China or Gandhi of India, An Ch'angho was a republican revolutionary like Sun and an ethico-spiritual leader like Gandhi.) The work originated from my intellectual curiosity about the nature of the my own family's leadership and activities in the Korean independence and women's movements and expect to be published as a book. The study,"An Ch'angho and the Nationalist Origins of Korean Democracy", explores the life, thought and activities of the founding father of the Republic of Korea who unified the Provisional Government, wrote the first republican constitution and waged the war of independence against Japan. It demonstrates heretofore undiscovered and unknown dimensions of An Ch'angho's nationalist personality and strategy by offering documentary and analytical evidence that he not only championed constitutional democracy but also led the efforts for the war of independence. A pioneer of Korean democracy, An Ch'angho was an institution-builder, constitution writer and military strategist. In fact, the study offers a startlingly different (if not a diametrically opposite) view from the earlier interpretations of An Ch'angho as a militarist revolutionary, rather than a pacifist culturalist. Overcoming a storm of academic controversy, the revisionist findings of the work replace the previous conceptions of An Ch'angho as a "gradualist-pacifist" or "cultural nationalist", the idée fixe which had not been questioned since the 1960s. A revisionist effort, the aims of the inquiry are two-fold: first, it attempts to shed new light on how the idea and practice of democracy were transmitted to and assimilated in Korea through the vehicle of the Korean nationalist movement, and second, it seeks to rectify the previous misjudgments of An Ch'angho by revealing the genuine nature of his transnational leadership as well as liberational ideology and strategy. As the most significant and extensive collection among Korean nationalists, the An Ch'angho Collection of private papers not only provides valuable insights into his role as the chief architect and strategist of nationalist movement but also offers a rare glimpse of the actual modus operandi of the global network of exile and underground activities. A series of constitutional drafts of his anticolonial revolutionary organizations demonstrate the evolving and complex character of An Ch'angho's constitutional philosophy and institutional experiments. His "Master Plan of Independence and Democracy" is as much a comprehensive war preparation roadmap as a prophetic blueprint for sovereign independence and democracy. His Shanghai Diary captures the nature of the Provisional Government's political and military activities. By investigating the critical role of An Ch'angho in shaping the ideal and process of nascent Korean democracy and the war of independence, a new interpretive framework is offered to re-think the pattern and dynamics of the Korean liberational struggle. Indeed, a new understanding of the nationalist ideology and strategy of An Ch'angho allows to re-conceptualize and re-paradigmize the Korean nationalist movement. While I had been a member of the web forum for Korean Studies www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/korean-studies (which you are welcome to visit), I had not known about this very helpful website until recently. I hope hear from those who share similar interests in East Asian history. Thank you, Jacqueline Pak Korea Section, Asian Division Library of Congress ================================================