Helen Kim

Helen Kim
Short Name: Helen Kim
Full Name: Kim, Helen (Hwal-lan), 1897-1970
Birth Year: 1897
Death Year: 1970

Kim Hwal-lan, also known by her English name of Helen Kim, was a female pioneer who was the first Korean woman to earn a doctorate. She established the national YWCA Korea in 1922, and assumed the presidency of Ewha Woman’s College in 1939.

However, she was involved in pro-Japanese activities during the occupation of the country, and changed her name to a Japanese one in 1941. She is known to have encouraged students to support Japan during World War II through her writings and lectures.


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